Welcome to the Figueiredo Mansion, home to Goa's most influential family
for over 400 years.
Discover more about the house and the great family that still live here
- and do pay us a visit; we're open every day and are always happy to
show you around!
THE FIGUEIREDO MANSION
Built in 1590, the Figueiredo Mansion pre-dates the Taj Mahal by decades.
It was designed by Jesuit priests from nearby Rachol Seminary to accommodate a newly-converted Goan family - the Podiars, who took the name Figueiredo.
The house's sumptuous interior stands in studied contrast
to the natural beauty of the paddy fields and coconut trees that
In the 18th century, with the family's rise in power, the house was
suitably augmented to achieve its current proportions. The addition is
still known as the "New house".
Every interior was planned out in detail, using the finest components
from across the world:
The floor tiles were imported from Italy and arranged in
The Ballroom and the Dining Room floors are solid teak wood.
The chandeliers and sconces are made from Belgian Crystal.
Most of the fine porcelain was sourced from China and Japan.
There is an East India set made to the family's own design - with no
other in the world.
The leather-upholstered chairs were imported from Portugal.
The carved wooden furniture was made in Goa by Hindu, Muslim and
THE FIGUEIREDO FAMILY
The Podiars were powerful Saraswat Brahmins who relocated from their native Sancoale in the 16th century,
due to an outbreak of bubonic plague.
One part of the family settled in Shiroda, while the other moved to Loutulim and embraced Christianity, taking the surname Figueiredo.
The founder of the Loutulim branch was Manuel Vicente de Figueiredo. His
descendant Vicente João de Figueiredo, a lawyer, built the new part of
the house in the eighteenth century.
His descendent, also Vicente João de Figueiredo, was a Lawyer, Judge in
Ponda, a businessman and a member of The Portuguese Legislative Assembly.
Georgina Natália Filomena de Figueiredo, his daughter, practised law in
Bombay and became the 1st Lady Judge of India. She returned to Goa by
her father's request to run the house and Estate, and became a Member of
the Legislative Assembly in Goa.
Maria de Lourdes Figueiredo de Albuquerque, the youngest
daughter and now the owner, became the first - and youngest - lady
Member of Portuguese Parliament. She returned to Goa after 60 years
abroad to maintain this house and to open it as a Museum in 2010.
Maria de Fátima Figueiredo de Albuquerque, her daughter, has also
returned to Goa after decades abroad as an international executive, and
has helped restore the house to its original splendour.
The family also counts a number of diplomats, ambassadors and
administrators amongst their ranks.
In the 19th century their prestige was such that the King of Portugal
granted them a coat of arms.
We're always happy to show you around our family house, and are open every day.
For large groups, kindly book in advance for the best possible experience.