Mount Fortress - Fortaleza do Monte, Macao

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    by al2401
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    Mount Fortress

    by al2401 Updated Jul 12, 2010

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    The fort was built on the Mount of St. Paul and was the military centre of the then Portugese colony - Fortaleza do Monte (Mount Fortress). It was built in the 16th century to protect the colony of the Jesuits and later became the military defence of Macau. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage Site of the 'Historic Centre of Macau'

    The Museum of Macau was built here in the 1990's and the gardened fortress area has imposing views of Macau.

    The fortress garden is reached through the museum building and both are definitely worth visiting.

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    Fortaleza do Monte

    by eXtian Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    Mount Fortress (Fortaleza do Monte) is situated on top of Mount Hill, It was Macao's defense fortress, built to fend off the foreign invaders comin' from the sea.

    Went there at around 8am, we were walking all day and was very tired when we got to Fortaleza do Monte, but after taking in the fresh morning air accompanied by the hill's cool breeze, we were re-vitalized in a way that it kinda brought our fatigue-ridden bodies back to life.

    There is a Museum you can visit, not sure what it stored...(Just Google it if you're interested haha) It was still closed when we got there so we just decided to explore the Fort's trapezoid grounds and check out it's famous canons.

    The view from the fort was spectacular, you can even see the Ruins of St. Paul down below.

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    The Cannons of the Mount Fortress.

    by MarioPortugal Updated Apr 6, 2008
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    [...] The fortress was equipped with cannons, military barracks, wells and an arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years.
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    The northeastern, south-eastern and south-western walls are built on 3.7-metre-wide granite bases. The walls, 9 metres high narrowing upwards to 2.7 metres wide at the top, are made of solid rammed earth, further strengthened by a thick stucco of ground oyster shells. The parapets were crenulated for the installation of 32 cannons and the two corners of the southeast wall have watchtowers. The walls facing the Chinese Mainland do not have any battlements, indicating that the fortress was built only for defence against attacks from the sea.

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    "A Fortaleza do Monte" - The Mount Fortress.

    by MarioPortugal Updated Apr 6, 2008
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    Built in conjunction with the Jesuits from 1617 to 1626, this was the city’s principal military defence structure, and was crucial in successfully holding off the attempted Dutch invasion of Macao in 1622. The fortress was equipped with cannons, military barracks, wells and an arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years. [...]

    Mount Fortress is built on top of Mount Hill, which rises 52 metres above sea level. The fortress covers an area of approximately 8,000 square metres, in the shape of a trapezoid. The four corners of the fortress protrude to form bulwarks. The northeastern, south-eastern and south-western walls are built on 3.7-metre-wide granite bases. The walls, 9 metres high narrowing upwards to 2.7 metres wide at the top, are made of solid rammed earth, further strengthened by a thick stucco of ground oyster shells. The parapets were crenulated for the installation of 32 cannons and the two corners of the southeast wall have watchtowers.

    The walls facing the Chinese Mainland do not have any battlements, indicating that the fortress was built only for defence against attacks from the sea.

    [Click here for the original piece].

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