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