Maybe the most ideal approach to land in Old Goa is a similar way that guests did in the city's prime. Drawing nearer along the wide Mandovi River, fresh debuts would have first seen the city's bustling wharf just before the representative angled access to the city.
This opening, known as the Viceroy's Arch, was raised by Vasco da Gama's grandson, Francisco da Gama, who progressed toward becoming emissary in 1597. As an afterthought confronting the waterway the curve which was reestablished in 1954 after a fall is ornamented with the deer insignia on Vasco da Gama's escutcheon. Above it in the focal point of the opening is a statue of da Gama himself.