The Chapora Fort occupies an important position which, in every direction commanded distant approaches. Rising above the wide Chapora River, long before the Portuguese arrived in Goa, was a fort in place of the present one built. Even after the Portuguese acquired Bardez, the fort changed hands several times and was much sought after. Trying to end the Portuguese rule in Goa, Prince Akbar joined his father’s enemies, the Marathas in 1683 and made this place his base camp and it became the northern outpost of the Old conquests. After the Portuguese recovered from a scary experience with the Marathas they learnt that they had to strengthen their northern defences and provide shelter to the people there, but not until 1717 this present fort was built.
The brilliant site has steep slopes on all sides. The fort follows the outline of higher slopes, stands above the whole upland area having an irregular outer plan and uses the natural form to add defensive height to the fullest advantage instead of dry ditches being dug. At the top of the steep approach track, the main gate is small and unpretentious for such a large fort but narrow and deep. Depending on defence requirements, the positions of bastions each having the cylindrical turret that gives a special character are irregularly spaced with their enormous embrasures for cannon. The church that was dedicated to St. Anthony has disappeared and inside only a few signs of the barracks and housing that once filled this vast area are left. Now in a wide expanse of open space there is only a tumble of stones with a few herds of goats and cashew bushes. A natural valley to the beach protected by rocky promontories provides an excellent natural access to the sea. Across the Chapora river, the Hindu ruler of Pernem, the Maharaja of Sawantwadi who was an old enemy of the Portuguese held the fort for 2 years after it fell to the Marathas in 1739 in its first test. When Goa's border moved northwards with the acquisition of Pernem as part of the New Conquests, the fort lost its military significance towards the end of the century. It is a pleasant place to wander that offers fantastic views north across the Chapora river to Pernem, south over Vagator and also far out to the Arabian Sea in the West.
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papagolf21 (101040) 2013-05-09 8:39
Très bonne mise en image aux couleurs chaudes et fort bien rendues.
Un cadrage fort bien pensé avec cette guérite d'angle judicieusement placée dans la composition
PaulVDV (28865) 2013-05-09 9:09
Nice saturated colours of this watchtower looking out over the beautiful coastline of Goa with surprisingly an empty beach.
Best regards, Paul
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-05-09 9:11
Magnific view Valter, good photo note also
Unfortunately I never go to the fort of Chapora and I can see that it is a must see place in the area
I can see Vagator and Spaghetti beach in the background
Superb golden colors, excellent sharpness
cornejo (41839) 2013-05-09 9:26
Ciao Valter, bella vista di questo bellissimo posto in questa bella giornata, molto ben catturato con buona POV dal forte, in questa eccellente e bella fotografia. Una bella ed interessante immagine di un con buona nitidezza, profondità, bella luce e colore. Un lavoro eccellente e bella perfettamente fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo buon lavoro.
Buon pomeriggio e riposo felice di settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
Silvio1953 (142213) 2013-05-09 11:15
Ciao Valter, gran bella comn l'antico forte in primo piano, cielo favoloso, splendida luce e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
Gigidusud (20825) 2013-05-09 11:29
Splendido panorama da l'antico forte. Ottimo POV e bellissima luce dorata. Complimenti!
Un caro saluto.
siudzi (34141) 2013-05-09 11:47
You have selected superb POV to take this shot during such a nice moment of a day. Like the intensive warm tones achieved here and perfect clarity of the image. Well done.
danos (97529) 2013-05-09 12:24
nice the view of the shoreline from the Chapora fort, with the round watch to outliene perfect against the blue sky.I like the warm light as falling on the watch and contrast perfect with the blue of the sea as the sky too.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-05-09 14:25
You let us wait quite long for your new image my friend,but again it was worth!I like the composition as a whole with well constructed FG and GB.The light is simply awesome here.It let appear the scene in new,beautiful glow(especially the fort so beautifully illuminated by the warm light looks superb with all textures so clearly visible).Another equally captivating aspect is for me the contrast against the blue sky.I know it may not sound too original,but that´s the case here.
Thanks for sharing Valter!
carlo62 (47549) 2013-05-09 14:51
le fortezze e le torri di avvistamento sono sempre state costruite in posti meravigliosi e qui ce lo mostri benissimo. Queste pietre sembrano saperla davvero lunga.
PS grazie per l'apprezzamento del b&w
delpeoples (57716) 2013-05-09 16:11
Ecco qua, il figlio prodigale e' tornato! Abbiamo sentito la tua mancanza.
Posso vedere il perche la fortezza e' situata qui. Che vista! L'hai catturato in un modo strepitoso con una profondita' di campo squisita e colori gloriosi. Sono sempre colpita dalla resa cromatica del 24-70mm. L'ha colori e definizione che non posso ottenere con il 24-105mm. Hai scelto un buon POV con la torre a destra, i sui colori contrastando perfettemente con qui del mare e cielo. Che posti hai visitato! Grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro una bellissima serata.
Un abbraccio forte forte
holmertz (52096) 2013-05-10 7:44
The very well saturated colours underscore the dramatic foreground position of the fort above the beach, on the fringe of the jungle. The fort clearly has seen better days, but its rusty brown earth colours contrast beautifully against the blue sky and sea and the dark green forest. This is a very striking composition.
ourania (45088) 2013-05-10 12:25
questo posto dev' essere affascinante, la vista che si gode da qui sicuramente lo e'. Hai dato a questa splendida immagine un superbo senso di profondita'- si ha la sensazione di volare sopra la vegetazione, la costa ed il mare- e la chiarezza e' ottima. L' ora dello scatto ha offerto dei colori magnifici. I contrasti fra tonalita' caldi e freddi, fra parti luminose ed ombrose e fra tessiture rozze e morbide sono gestiti con abilta' ammirevole. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-10 12:46
What a great lookout spot Valter, I can well imagine that not a thing happened without the guard seeing it all. Today a super elevated location for a sweeping view down the coastline and you have composed the shot well with the inclusion of the golden tower in the FG. Beautiful warm colours and a well crafted shot. Warm regards Rosemary
mirosu (16129) 2013-05-12 22:50
Thanks for excellent educative note. Unfortunately this superb place in Goa.
This is marvelous photo. The perfectly lighted fort are the main focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground fort as well as beautiful seaside in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong. Very well done.
ikeharel (70795) 2013-05-13 8:39
I am impressed with the great DOF achieved here, Valter.
Both the long beach and the old red/brown stone tower are in excelent sharpness, and wonderful contrast(which I value the most in any photo).
Bravo, buena serata,
- Copyright: Valter Palone (bayno) (18344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-13
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Eos5D MarkII, Canon 24-70mm f/2,8 L
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-09 8:27