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Daman situated on the west coast of India on the Arabian Sea, boasts of a rich historical heritage spanning over more than 2000 years. The district of Daman of the erstwhile Union Territory of Goa, Daman & Diu is situated in the Surat District of Gujarat. From 2nd Century A.D., it formed a part of the country known as Lata, which was one of the seven divisions of Konkan Vaishaya.

Daman, which was a Portuguese Colony for four and half centuries, joined the Indian Union in 1961. The town is spread over 72 square kilometres but getting around isn't difficult. All the major tourist spots are within walking distance of each other.

The massive Moti Daman Fort that runs round the settlement like a girdle, dates back to 1559 AD. The Colossal structure in the present form encompasses about 30,000 sq. meters. with 10 bastions and two gateways. The Fort is protected by a moat on the land side which also connects the river to the sea. It is basically polygonal in plan with projections at regular intervals of about 500 feet and carrying splayed angular bastions.

The parapet above the fortification walls is without merlons (a solid portion between two crenels in a battlement or crenelated wall) but is provided with loop holes. The terraces close to the top of the wall are connected to the top of the wall are connected to the inner ground surface by open flight of steps at many places. All along the inner wall, there are barracks for defense personnel's. The inscription above the southern (land) gate mentions that this gate along with the bastions adjacent to it was completed in 1581 AD. The inscription on the Northern (sea) gate gives the date of 1593 AD. for the completion of the Fort wall. On the Northern side within the confine of the Fort were located the palaces, the Secretariat and other official buildings. A large number of Portuguese gentry and their families resided within the Fort.

I saw this group of school boys, who had obviously bunked classes, sitting on one such open flight of stairs. Tried to compose a bit radically creating a frame for the relaxing boys, with the moss-laden walls of the fort. Please do check the Workshop for a close-up of the same group.

Picture taken on a cloudy day, with my daughter's basic Kodak camera...the picture quality is not the best, but hope you'll like the composition.

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