Sunday, 15 December 2013

country's first museum for customs and central excise:
PANAJI: The headquarters of Alfandega - as the customs administration was known in Goa during Portuguese rule till 1961 when it was liberated and came under Indian control - has been converted into the country's first museum for customs and central excise and displays some rare items seized from smugglers since Independence and before.
The two-storey Blue Building, as the Portuguese had named its customs headquarters in Panaji, is a heritage structure built in 1800. The Blue Building got its name from a major commodity traded during Portuguese rule from its port in Goa, Indigo dye. This building remained the customs headquarters till 2002 when it was shifted to a new building.

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