Second Impressions

The purpose of the second visit was to see my relatives here. Visiting and hanging out with family is still the best part of every trip to Macau, hopefully every visit will have the same effect. Macau is an extremely unique place since it’s culture, architecture, and language has Portuguese, Mandarin, and Cantonese influences. Hence, the visual, audio, and to the extent of a “spiritual” effect that Macau has on its visitors are one of a kind.

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Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral(圣保罗大教堂遗址)

“The Ruins of St. Paul’s refer to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, which stood adjacent to the Church, both destroyed by fire in 1835. As a whole, the old Church of Mater Dei, St. Paul’s College and Mount Fortress were all Jesuit constructions and formed what can be perceived as the Macao’s “acropolis”.

The upper levels gradually narrow into a triangular pediment at the top, which symbolizes the ultimate state of divine ascension – the Holy Spirit. The façade is mannerist in style carrying some distinctively oriental decorative motifs. The sculptured motifs of the façade include biblical images, mythological representations, Chinese characters, Japanese chrysanthemums, a Portuguese ship, several nautical motifs, Chinese lions, bronze statues with images of the founding Jesuit saints of the Company of Jesus and other elements that integrate influences from Europe, China and other parts of Asia, in an overall composition that reflects a fusion of world, regional and local influences. Nowadays, the façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s functions symbolically as an altar to the city”

澳门圣保罗大教堂遗址

  ”圣保罗教堂建于1637年,是当时东方最大的天主教堂。该景点位于澳门大巴街附近的小山丘上,是圣保罗教堂的前壁遗迹,也是澳门的名胜。1835年,圣保罗教堂被一场大火烧毁,仅残存了现在的前壁部分。圣保罗书院乃香港创立历史最悠久的学府,更是世界第一所华人英语学校。它的遗址与圣保罗大教堂遗址毗邻”

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Down with Casinos!

Largo do Senado (Senado Square) (议事亭前地

“The square is so named as since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it has been in front of the Leal Senado Building. During the era of Portuguese control this is where the local authorities used to review the troops on their inaugurations. In 1940, there was a statue of a Portuguese soldier named Mesquita in its centre. He was responsible for the deaths of many Chinese soldiers during the hostilities with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Understandably, the statue has been destroyed by Chinese people and replaced by a fountain; this is why the square is also called “the Fountain”.
In the early 1990s, the authority hired some Portuguese experts to pave the square with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones. From then on this area has become a popular place for cultural activities in Macau. The buildings around the Senado Square have a long history and have many western features, so they have been well protected by the authority and no one is allowed to alter the facades of these buildings.”

议事亭前地旅游景点介绍

澳门有不少广场,地上铺砌著波浪型葡萄牙黑白碎石,仿如大浪滔滔的海洋,配以各款海洋生物及澳门景点为图案,更具立体感,充份表达葡萄牙的航海事业,亦巧妙地切合澳门昔日的渔港形象,议事亭前地即是其中代表。  议事亭前地坐落在民政总署总部对面,整个广场由碎石子铺成波浪状,附近道路已辟为行人专用区,周围有长椅,所以人们都喜欢聚集在这里憩和休闲。  在广场的中央矗立著一座喷泉,它同时也是这里的标志。现今,喷水池上摆放著象徵葡萄牙航海远征的天球仪,晚上配上灯光效果让议事亭前地生色不少。

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Our Lady of Penha (主教山

Penha Hill is the third highest among the hills in Macau. Penha Hill is 62.7 meters above sea plane. Known as the Bishop´s Hill in the annals of colonial history, this leader amongst the popular destinations in Macau is identical with the city’s colonial clout and authority. Forts, buildings, residences of the Penha hill are wonderful sights.

Macau’s tall ranked officials, socialites and the famous ones reside at Bishop´s Hill. This makes Penha Hill become one of must-see sights in Macau.

There is a Church named The Penha Church on crest of the hill dates back to 1622. It was built by a group of Augustinian followers and dedicated to Our Lady of Penha. Existence of this monument in fact named Penha Hill as Bishop’s Hill.

主教山

“主教山小堂,又称海崖圣母小堂。建于澳门半岛最高点之一的西望洋山上,是一座向航海者保护神祈祷的小教堂。当年去日本航线的葡萄牙航海者在海上与荷兰海盗船相遇,却未受伤害,深信是神灵保佑,许下建堂诺言以谢神思,也因此有了这座教堂。

主教山小堂又称海崖圣母小堂,1622年建于炮台旁,殿堂简朴,山径迂回;1892年附近古堡拆除后,圣母堂得以扩大,逐步发展成今天宏伟之规模。钟楼高耸入云,十分庄严肃穆,配以花径草丛,古树浓荫,建筑端丽,环境优美,游人甚众。

圣母堂前筑有高台,置有一大理石雕刻而成的圣母像,圣母双手合十,貌甚慈祥,面临大海。其下有一路德圣母岩洞,循左右环抱之石阶而下,可达洞前。洞内岩石嶙峋,中开拱门,内立圣母像,象征古时圣母在法国路德城内,当众显灵的情景。其间正置祭坛,洞前有铁栅围绕,地上设有多排低矮长凳,供人跪拜、忏悔”

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Last Thoughts

Whenever I get the chance to come back to Hong Kong, Macau will be on my list also.

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*Majority of contents are derived from the sources provided in the hyperlinks. Thus, the credit goes to the original author of those links.

*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship 

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