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Age sits lightly on the sprawling, 4-century-old Figueiredo Mansion.The family added a second section with similar design to the home 200 years later.Three generations of the Figueiredo family live in the house, a personal, living link to history.Now the owner of the mansion, Maria de Lourdes grew up in the mansion along with her sister when the family was based in the west Indian state.A few years later, she became the first female member of Portugal's parliament in 1965-69 . Then, two decades ago she returned to Goa to help her sister take care of the home.Maria de Fatima Figueiredo de Albuquerque, now in her 50s, was born in the house before the end of colonial rule but grew up in Portugal. Two years ago, she left her job as an executive with an international cosmetics company and returned to Goa to help her mother take care of the house.Every artifact in the mansion has its own story, and Fatima's narrative helps in bringing some of that composite culture alive for the guests.Moving next through the dining room, Fatima points to another family treasure – a 60-piece crockery set made for the family by the East India Company some 200 years ago. Guests also delight in seeing the family's 350-year old cradle, which Fatima herself was the last to use.
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