Solar dos Monteiros

The façade of Solar dos Monteiros presents a striking sight to anyone driving across Salcette in south Goa. This handsome house is set by the main road in the village of Assolna. Solar is Portuguese for manor. I was in the area last month and on a lark walked up and knocked on the door. We were warmly received by the owners Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro. The delightful couple and their gentle manner cut a picture of old world Goa at its finest.

The family mansion dates back to 1730. Its large salas (Portuguese for halls) exemplify the stately Goan houses of that era. Of particular interest is a secondary porch inside with its mezzanine stage for performing musicians during special events hosted at the mansion. The Monteiros have a record of service to the community and are descended from a line of teachers, doctors and freedom fighters.

Solar dos Monteiros in Assolna, Goa

Solar dos Monteiros in Assolna, Goa
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
Porch

Porch
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Sala I

Sala I
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Sala II

Sala II
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro

Celina and Dr. Armando Monteiro
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  • anish esteves - April 9, 2016 - 12:44 am

    ARISTOCRATIC HOUSE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • jenifa - September 30, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Thats my Family doctors house….used to always admire during my childhood…Jenifa BrittoReplyCancel

  • jc - September 16, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Thanks Rajan.

    Beautiful.

    jcReplyCancel

  • Elva Fernandes - September 16, 2012 - 6:07 am

    Congratulations Celine and Armando – just beautiful!!! proud moment for you both.

    Elva and JoeReplyCancel

  • Raul & Ramona de Oliveira Fernandes - September 16, 2012 - 3:37 am

    Celina & Armando, your house is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • max loyola furtado - September 16, 2012 - 2:01 am

    Portuguese architecture with a Goan touch by Armando and Celina!
    Proud of Goan heritage !ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baldino - September 15, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    These pictures are wonderful. I particularly like the front steps and entry. JudyReplyCancel

  • Marconi de Sousa - September 15, 2012 - 7:00 am

    Loved it – majestic…!ReplyCancel

  • B. Colaco - September 15, 2012 - 12:47 am

    These pics evoke memories of my ancestral home in Salcette, unfortunately sold by my family and probably left to rot.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn Lobo - September 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    The second picture is close to perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Aiden - September 14, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Beautiful palatial house Maison Augnita in Assolna Goa and the congrats to the lovely couple Celina & Armando who maintain and keep it so well.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - September 14, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Extraordinary. Interesting that the home has been in the family for so long.ReplyCancel

  • Marlies Meister - September 14, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Absolutely beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

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