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    The Ruins of St Paul's

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Oct 4, 2013

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    This monument is the most recognizable icon of Macua. The church built in the 17th century this was once considered the greatest christian church in Asia. The structure burnt down in 1835, leaving the facade you see today.

    Although the site has its charm, its hard to understand how this and not some of the existing very ornate churches like St Dominic's did not become the symbol of the city.

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    Leal Senado

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Oct 4, 2013

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    This building once housed the Loyal Senate (leal Senado) so named because they refused to accept Spanish authority during the period in which Spain occupied Portugal. Builit in the 18th century it now houses government building and a museum

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    Audio Visual Mapping on the Mandarin's House

    by vyychan Written Jun 4, 2013

    Audiovisual Mapping on the Mandarin’s House
    5/31/2013 - 6/8/2013; 8pm/8:30pm/9pm

    This show, designed for the façade of the Yuqing Mansion at the Mandarin’s House, is divided into four chapters: “The Origin”, “Golden Period”, “Degradation” and “Renovation”. Through sound and images, audiences will experience for themselves various incidents that took place in The Mandarin’s House, in chronological order, in addition to traces of the life of the House’s former owner, Zheng Guanying.

    Duration: approximately 10 minutes, no interval

    Ticket Distribution for the Audiovisual Mapping of the Mandarin’s House:
    Time of Distribution: Tickets for any of a day’s sessions distributed at 7pm on that day
    Distribution Venue: Mandarin’s House
    Distribution Quantity: Due to limited space, only 100 tickets will be distributed per session, on a first come, first served basis.
    NB: Each person may collect no more than two tickets for any session on that day.

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    Audio Visual Mapping on the Mandarin's House

    by vyychan Written Jun 4, 2013

    Audiovisual Mapping on the Mandarin’s House
    5/31/2013 - 6/8/2013; 8pm/8:30pm/9pm

    This show, designed for the façade of the Yuqing Mansion at the Mandarin’s House, is divided into four chapters: “The Origin”, “Golden Period”, “Degradation” and “Renovation”. Through sound and images, audiences will experience for themselves various incidents that took place in The Mandarin’s House, in chronological order, in addition to traces of the life of the House’s former owner, Zheng Guanying.

    Duration: approximately 10 minutes, no interval

    Ticket Distribution for the Audiovisual Mapping of the Mandarin’s House:
    Time of Distribution: Tickets for any of a day’s sessions distributed at 7pm on that day
    Distribution Venue: Mandarin’s House
    Distribution Quantity: Due to limited space, only 100 tickets will be distributed per session, on a first come, first served basis.
    NB: Each person may collect no more than two tickets for any session on that day.

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    S. Francisco fort

    by solopes Updated Feb 16, 2013

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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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    Kun Iam Statue

    by solopes Updated Feb 13, 2013

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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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    Nice to see

    by solopes Updated Feb 13, 2013

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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 Feb 13, 2013

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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 Feb 13, 2013

    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 Feb 13, 2013

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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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    Penha

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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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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    Guia

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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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 Jan 25, 2013

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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 Jan 25, 2013

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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 Jan 12, 2013

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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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