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Week 27 – Little Story About Macau (7/12)

week 27

The Holy House of Mercy, or Santa Casa de Misericórdia, is the oldest social institution in Macau, with white-washed neoclassical structure that located in the Leal Senado Square. The building was founded in 1569 by the first Bishop of Macau, Dom Belchior Carneiro. The holy house was founded to do charitable work for the community, help the poor and sick people, especially the victims of leprosy. Also, it later served as an orphanage and refuge for widows of sailors lost at sea.

People found these words from a letter written by D. Belchior to the Jesuit General: “When I arrived in this port known as the Name of God, there were very few Portuguese houses here. Shortly after arriving, I opened a hospital, which admits both Christians and pagans. I also created a Lay Fraternity of the Holy House of Mercy to give succour to all the poor and miserable and needy…”

8 responses

  1. Beautiful!
    Does the building still have an idealistic purpose?

    July 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    • Today, the building become a Notary Office 😀

      July 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  2. Was there a lot of intermarriage between the Portuguese seafarers and the local community?

    July 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • Yes, there were a lot! And, many of their children and grand children… still live here. 😀

      July 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  3. It’s a great place for every one. I remembered that old temples in Japan played a similar role in the past.

    July 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • Temples and churches had saved many lives and souls in the past. 🙂
      Their doors are always opened. So grateful.

      July 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  4. This lovely building has a very interesting history! Thanks for the information, Cristina.

    July 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

  5. A beautiful building that provided so many a place to rest and feel safe. I hope it still holds true till today.

    July 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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