Renovated Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India
Built by Adil Shah as a smaller fort in 1497, the Reis Magos Fort was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1510. The conquerors rebuilt it on a grander scale in 1543, particularly to ward off Dutch invasion. Prominent Goan Architect, Gerard da Cunha, known for Natural Achitecture, was the force behind the restoration. The fort was turned into a jail in 1900 and a lot of freedom fighters - three of whom were present on the occasion - were imprisoned in it . Gerard recalled the efforts of Goa's famed cartoonist, the late Mario Miranda, to restore the fort, supported by the UK-based Lady Hamlyn Trust. Rechristened "Reis Magos Heritage Centre", the stupendous work is a pioneering effort in 'adaptive resuse' of rich heritage structures in Goa.