Saturday, 26 May 2012

Guia Fortress, Macau

Another postcard from a friend.. My dear friend Miranda went back home to Hong Kong again recently and came back a couple of weeks ago. While she was away she also visited Macau, and brought me a gorgeous postcard pack of Macau. The cards are all amazing, I had a hard time picking just one to post about here. I chose this one as it's a slightly different view of Macau and I really like the colours here.

The Guia Fortress is a historical military fort, chapel, and lighthouse complex in the St. Lazarus Parish. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.

The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Netherlands to capture Macau from Portugal. The lighthouse was constructed between 1864 and 1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia or on the China coast. The lighthouse stands at 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. The complex was built upon the highest point on Macau, Guia Hill, and named after the same location. Today, the site is a tourist destination.

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