Goa has a rich heritage that can be explored by visiting the many historical sights; one of the most significant is the Viceroy's Arch. A 40 minute drive away is the archway that used to welcome visitors into Old Goa as they arrived on boats travelling down the Mandovi River. Francisco da Gama who was the grandson of explorer, Vasco da Gama, built the arch when he was in 1597 when he was governor. Vasco da Gama was the first man to directly sail from Europe to India. The monument was built in his honour and features a statue and detailing of a deer crest similar to his coat of arms. Its grand design is decorated with white stone, which contrasts against the brown brickwork and surrounding nature.