Ruins of Old Goa, Panjim

At the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine, the towering belfry façade reaches towards the sky like the hand of a man grasping at the final vestiges of life, while all around it, the remains are overgrown with weed and moss. Walking through such Portuguese monuments, in Old Goa, it is clear to see the origins of Goa’s solemn temperament, a quiet resilience in the face of destruction.