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Fortaleza do Monte, - the Monte Fort
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

The Monte Fort is the oldest fort in Macau, - built in 1616 -, and is placed on the hilltop just above the ruins of Basilica de Sao Paulo, - St. Pauls Cathedral -, for protection of this splendid church, which was considered the greatest monument to Christianity in the Far East.
 
 



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Fortaleza do Monte, - the Monte Fort
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Fortaleza do Monte, - the Monte Fort
Now museum, - but where the commander of the colony once resided.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Fortaleza do Monte, - the Monte Fort
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

The walls from where a shot hit the gunpowder magazines of a ship in an invading Dutch fleet that attacked Macau in 1622.
This caused a gigantic explosion when the ship blew up, - and after that, the remaining of the Dutch fleet found it adviseable to leave at once without any further attempt to kick the Portuguese out  of Macau - - -
 
 



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Just below the Monte Fort, - the ruins of Basilica de Sao Paulo, - the St. Paul's Cathedral.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

And here is the ruins of the magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral, - another one of Macau's World Heritage Historic Sites -, and surely it's most famous landmark.
The cathedral was built in 1582 - 1602, but when a fire broke out during a typhoon in 1835, it was turned into a ruin, and only the facade is left of what was once the biggest church in Asia.
 
 




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- a closer look at the ruins of Basilica de Sao Paulo, - the St. Paul's Cathedral.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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- and still closer -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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- another view over Macau from the old Monte Fort -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- another view over Macau from the old Monte Fort -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- and the last view from the top, - showing some magnificent European/Chinese architecture -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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- view from below towards the Monte Fort -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- the lonely facade of the St. Paul's Cathedral -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- and a closer view -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- details -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Strange to imagine, that this masterpiece was made by Japanese Christions in exile and local artisans under the direction and supervision of an Italian Jesuit priest - - -
 
 



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- details -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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- details -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- details -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- a look down the great stairway leading up to the cathedral -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 
 


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- a look down Rua de Sao Paulo -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- Macau architecture -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- a touch of old Portugal, - but on the China coast -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- the old Macau Government Headquarters -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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- a look down Rua Central -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Largo do Senado, - Senado Square
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Take note of the Monte Fort on the hill in the vbackground.
 


 
 
 

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  UPDATED:  November 3. 2000,- July 2nd. 2003, - Nov. 25th. 2004, - March 11.2011