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    S. Francisco fort

    by solopes Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    I don't remember where I read that:

    "Built 1629 on the site of a battery which sank one of the warships' The Golias' of the Dutch invaders, the original fortress of S. Francisco stood at the end of old Praia Grande, facing the Taipa channel. Its armaments included a culverin, which could fire 35-pound iron shots a distance of one and a half miles (the width of the channel). Little more is known of the original fort or the convent of S. Francisco, which was attached to it.

    Both fort and convent were demolished to make way for new barracks in 1864, to house the Battalion of the First Line, brought in as defence against a Chinese attack which never came. The barracks survive today as headquarters for the Security Forces and sections of the Police Force.

    They present an attractive, colonial facade of pink-washed stone with white trim. Inside are offices and meeting rooms around a flag-stoned courtyard, in the spacious lobby are display cases filled with old prints and pictures of the previous fort and convent, a collection of old weapons and other."

    More than history, in the back of the Military Club, our attention is dragged by... the tree coming from the wall. But, for that, I couldn't find any story, till now!

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    Nice to see

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    Whenever a country changes its sovereignty, history is affected, and the signs of the past rapidly removed and replaced by the new values and references. That didn't happen in Macao. It's easy to understand the decision to keep palaces, churches or fortresses, but the presence of a Portuguese navigator, it's surprising.

    Chinese rulers must be saluted for this decision.

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    Museum and art

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    The new Macau museum is located inside the fort, close to São Paulo ruins. The historic area around the ruins is the best place to see and to buy art and historic crafts, even inside some classified buildings.

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    St Paul

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

    I couldn't understand why the remains of a ruined church became the image of Macao! There are several wonderful examples of Portuguese architecture, at least so interesting as that facade. But... that's the way it is. We were there, hundreds moved around it all the time, and the rain didn't spoil much because the visit should always be quick.

    Reading about it I discovered that, built in the 16th century, it was the biggest cathedral in the east, sometimes called "eastern Vatican". Burnt in 1835, only the facade escaped from destruction, some people believing that it was a miracle.

    Mixing European, Chinese and Japanese details, it is, today, UNESCO heritage.

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    New Lisboa Casino

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    The most outstanding construction in Macao is this new casino. Very colourful, with a very odd shape and enormous dimensions, it can be seen from everywhere. We didn't enter (it was about to be finished when we were there) but... I didn't like it.

    In the aggression to the simplicity and historic authenticity of the city created by the boom of big casinos, this is, indeed, the most pretentious and aggressive of them. Nah!

    I'd rather enjoy the old Macao!

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    Kun Iam Statue

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    The Kun Iam statue, 20 meters high, was founded in a famous foundry in Nanjing, China and was transported to the Center in Macau to be set-up.

    During it’s production, the Architect and the team workers amplified and modified the Kun Iam statue several times

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    Penha

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    The best sightseeing point of Macao before the construction of TV tower was Penha hill, occupied with a chapel built in 1867 in place of a former chapel from the 17th century. Nearby there's a replica of Lourdes cave, and an image of the holy Virgin.

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    Leal Senado

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    The "Senado" square is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones, created by Portuguese experts.

    From the main road to the church of St. Dominic, the pavement extends to the ruins of St. Paul's, making the heart of the city a pedestrian paradise.

    More than S. Paulo ruins, this square is, for the Portuguese, the real visual reference of Macao.

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    Guia

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    Guia, one of Macao's hills, is topped by a fortress with two important Portuguese constructions - the lighthouse and a chapel. The lighthouse was one of the first to be built in eastern world, in 1622, but the actual one is the result of a reconstruction in 1864.

    The chapel was built also in 1622, and it is a modest construction where recently where discovered some frescoes.

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    Old Lisboa

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    For several decades I heard the Portuguese that visited Macao, talking about Lisboa Hotel and Lisboa Casino. They were one of the stronger references in the city.

    Macao is today a clone of Las Vegas, and the historic reference was supported building a big and modern new Lisboa Hotel. However, the old one was kept, and it is still there, challenging the modern investments with the power of its history.

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    Fortaleza do Monte (Mount Fortress)

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    Mount Fortress, built in 1617-26, occupies a hilltop to the east of St. Paul' s ruins, and at easy walking distance from it. It was constructed by the Jesuits as part of a complex which also included the college and church of St. Paul' s.

    The canons were used only once, when the Dutch invaded Macau in 1622. This was also the first residence of the governors of Macau.

    Over the following decades trees grew from the platform of the fort, which was transformed into a public park where residents and visitors came to enjoy the views. The only building was an office of the Meteorological Department until 1998 when the three-level Macau Museum, focusing on the history of Macau, was built into the fortress hill.

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    A Ma Temple

    by solopes Updated Feb 5, 2015

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    Older than Portuguese colonization, "A Ma" temple was accepted by the Portuguese, and respected as a reference of Chinese culture and religion.

    Several pavilions climbing a steep hill are dedicated to different deities, attracting lots of Chinese devotes to ceremonies hard to understand by westerns.

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    Go and see the lobby entrance

    by shavy Updated Nov 4, 2014

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    While wandering around the strips, we were curious how it is like inside the hotels. So, we visit one hotel lobby to another.

    The interior of those hotel in the strips are very classy. Many of the tourists pose for picture. Check their bathroom as well, I could stay there forever :-)

    Each hotel has its own style, I can't remember which hotel we were inside. It was sunny when we visited in Macau I wear my sunglasses all the time, and when we enter one of the hotel lobby I forgot to take off my sunglasses.

    One of the security ask me remove it. (Sorry about it) I didn't know they were strictly about wearing sunglasses inside

    The hotel lobbies, keeps you on your toes, a shimmering gilded ceiling and a slew of bright colours, including its own original shade. Guests can immerse themselves in this wonderland that brings broadway stories to life once they step through the hotel entrance.

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    Certainly worth to see

    by shavy Written Nov 4, 2014

    Free to visit the entrance hall of the hotel, taking photos are okay. All we can do is to admire. Exterior and interior are for me were the same. This I think is architecturally well done.

    Is just nice that everyone is allowed to walk around. In some hotel where we're inside, there was a dance show, for the guest or for tourists around

    Each hotel lobby has different style. It was Christmas when we visiting Macau and Christmas decoration is additional a plus point. While roaming you can see yourself, mirrors everywhere: shiny wall and floor

    We visit on a Sunday and Macau is especially busy at weekends when the Chinese come flocking to Macau to gamble.The popular hotels are also often full to the rafters

    Portuguese is still widely used in Macau, more than English. Macau's economy depends mainly on two things: tourism and casinos. Actually, especially in gambling because that is where most tourists come to Macau

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    Ruin of Sint Paul

    by shavy Updated Nov 4, 2014

    As we stroll further from the strips after passing through all streets, local shops, we came to this church. Unbelievable how many peoples are here, this is also one of the main tourist sights. As I read about it, this is a sacred place for some people

    Not everyone coming for casinos but there are old building to see around. At first when I saw the ruin, I thought what kind of sites is this, when we walk around it is really nice place to stroll around

    The steel stairway allows tourists to climb up to the top of the facade from the rear. Climb the 66 steps staircase and walk behind the ruin. Is worth to come up here

    The place will be crowded with tourists, people from everywhere came from all over the world to visit this sacred place. And when you are on the top, you'll have a good view of the Senado Square

    The St Paul's Cathedral was from the year 1602 in a beautiful spot in Macau. It was at that time one of the largest Catholic churches throughout Asia. In the year 1835 the cathedral burned almost finished. The ruins have been completely refurbished in the nineties of the last century. Since 2005 they have added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the historical center of Macau

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