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Week 40 – Little Story About Macau (10/12)

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This is the lighthouse located at the Guia Fortress, which is the oldest lighthouse on the coast of China, built in 1864 and it was completed in 1865, and its geographical coordinates marks Macau’s geographical location in the World’s atlas.

Originally, the light beam of the lighthouse was lit by paraffin, operated through a wooden wheel and a rope to make the lantern rotate. Carlos Vicente da Rocha, a Macau-born Portuguese, designed the light. In 1874, the lighthouse was damaged by a typhoon and stopped operating for over 30 years. After long repair works including the installation of mirror reflectors, the lighthouse went into operation again on 29th June 1910 and it has been in smooth operation ever since.

Next to the lighthouse, you can see a chapel. This chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Snow (Portuguese name: Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia; Chinese name: 聖母雪地殿教堂). It was built around 1622 inside the Guia Fortress next to the lighthouse.

During restoration and maintenance work in 1996, frescoes were discovered inside the chapel. The frescoes are from distinct periods, the oldest phase dating back around 300 years. Some paintings dates back to 1622. Murals on the ceilings and walls are show both Oriental and Occidental symbols.

Apparently local Chinese artists painted the Guia Chapel Macau. The frescoes feature biblical themes intertwined with typical Chinese representations of lions, clouds and other motifs. The frescoes are perfect examples of East and West cultural exchange in Macau.


10 responses

  1. Teresa Blay

    That’s amazing.. Great B&W.

    October 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Thank you, Teresa. Thanks for liking it.

      October 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  2. That is a beautiful capture of the lighthouse match with a fascinating history. A great day to you my friend.

    October 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    • A great day to you too 😀

      October 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  3. What a beatiful chapels Thanks for sharing 🙂

    October 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

    • You’re welcome, Cocomino 😀

      October 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  4. Wow!
    I would have guessed their oldest lighthouse would be much older…

    October 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    • Not older than 150 years 😀

      October 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  5. Nice capture.

    And thank you for sharing its history. 🙂

    October 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • Thank you, Lina. Glad that you like it.

      October 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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