The Reis Magos Fort, owned by the Goa government and listed under the Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, is the oldest fort in Goa. It has been restored to serve as a Cultural and Heritage Centre.
From its origin as a defense fortress, to being used as a jail and then a hospital, the fort has served the state since 1493. It was abandoned in 1993 and started showing signs of neglect and deterioration.
This is when the late Mario Miranda, who was the convener of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), approached Lady Hamlyn of the Helen Hamlyn trust (HHT) to fund the restoration of the fort.
This is an attempt to show how monuments can be used and what their regeneration can do to a community. It’s about making monuments come alive and be used by the city and the community. Heritage gives you a sense of who you are. It’s about identity.
The Restoration of the historically important Reis Magos Fort was initiated and paid for by The Helen Hamlyn Trust, working in partnership with the Government of Goa and INTACH.
The fort was opened to the public on the 5th of June 2012 and is maintained and made available for the public benefit by The Reis Magos Heitage Centre, financially supported by the Government of Goa.
VISION & MISSION
To promote, create and stimulate awareness among the public for preservation and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Goa.
To organize exhibitions, programmes, performances, displays, crafts, fairs, festivals, educational events and other cultural events.
To continue to restore the said fort so that it becomes a source of urban renewal and cultural revitalization.