The Goa State Central Library is one of the oldest existing public library in India inaugrated on the 15th September 1832 by Viceroy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro, it was then called Publica Livraria. Since then the library has transformed from a library with military institute, municipal office and academy and finally became a National Library. Read more about its history here. It is located right next to the Goa State Museum. In recent years it has undergone extensive renovation and has transformed itself into India’s best library with very good facilities and the envy of other State/Central libraries.
Website: Goa State Central Library
Images: Yours truly
A remarkably dense collection of all knowledge of Goan architecture with a dash of Goan music and art that is Mario Miranda. The building and all contents within were designed and collected by Goan architect Gerard da Cunha. The museum itself is designed to look like a ship, with traffic flowing on all sides of the building. There are also buildings around the museum which are a delight to see.
Address: #674, Near Nisha’s Play School,
Torda, Salvador do Mundo Bardez Goa – 403 101
Timings: 10 AM to 7:30 PM
All images are taken by me.
- Front Facade – Brutalistic Surface of the building has lead to moss growth on the surface (Mimoa.eu)
Architect: Le Corbusier
Year of Completion: 1954
Image Sources: Flickr user Daveybot, Mimoa.eu and Flickr user Spackle
Le Corbusier is an iconic architect and continuing source of inspiration to everyone. He is the architect of not only many buildings but also India’s most well planned city, Chandigarh. His ideas were wildly innovative and never thought of before. He was invited by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to design Chandigarh in 1951, but he was also commissioned to design a few buildings such as Ahmedabad Museum. Here is the commentary for one his designs in Ahmedabad, the Mill Owner’s Association Building.