Sunday, 10 December 2017

Luis De Camoes Square In Macau

I am always stunned by how many nice buildings and little corners there are in Macau, the former Portuguese colony that looks like a piece of southern Europe transplanted into Asia. 

A few days ago I was strolling around in Macau's city centre when suddenly I spotted from afar a church at the end of a side alley. I decided to walk up to that street, without knowing that it would lead me to a beautiful small square named after the Portuguese writer Luis de Camoes.

Here are some picture of my short walk. 



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Luis de Camoes Square
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Well, this is a weird, but evidently necessary sign

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At the bottom left corner you can see the 'do not piss' sign. I don't know what the purpose of this little tower is. 
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This is the Macau headquarters of the Portuguese "Orient Foundation". The building is known as the "Casa Garden". It was built in 1770 by the merchant Manuel Pereira. Later it was acquired by the English East India Company. It was visited by George McCartney, the head of Britain's famous first mission to China (1792-1794). 
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When you enter the building you are asked to sign a visitors' book, although their was no staff to check. I was surprised to see that people from South Korea, Italy, the US, Germany, the UK and other countries had visited the Casa Garden over the previous couple of days.
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