Coloane Portuguese Square

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St.Francis Xaviers church

Coloane Portuguese Square Reviews

joehobo joehobo
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Typically a Portuguese heritage Aug 29, 2014
Coloane island off mainland Macau is a picturesque hillock perched amongst the china sea.It has a few beaches besides caves which I was told was inhabited by pirates who made a living by plundering the colonial European ships sailing through the bay to mainland China.It also served as a colony for lepers who were kept away from the prosperity of Macau.Maybe these were the reasons for its slow development and thin population.Traveling there is simple and taxis from Macau do two way trips.I chose the public transport bus which is convenient air conditioned and very very cheap.It also takes you to the center of town and places of interest are just a few hundred metres or within the stop.Arriving here I noticed that this island is pure,simple and still strongly retained the essence of a typical Portuguese town.

The town center has a roundabout with a park and a simple fountain which adorns the front of the village administrative office.The promenade beginning from here paved with pretty mosaic all along the shore line of the Bay till the pier and an old chinese temple is pleasant and charming.

Right in between the Pier and the town centre is the picturesque Portuguese style square around a fountain and pillar, with a beautiful arcade having pillars holding arched porticos to the shops.The St.Francis Xaviers church forms the center to this square and one can presume the importance of the square on Sundays and feasts. The church is small and has a museum which gives some details of the route of St.Francis Xaviers missionary expedition.It also narrates the martyrdom of several catholics in Nagasaki Japan and how many fled from there to Colaone and Macau. Christmas in this church is said to be very decorated with a crib and statues of the holy family, shepherds and angels adorning it.The island of San Chuan where Francis Xavier died is 50 miles from here.Narrow lanes woven around the church and in the village still hold some old buildings of heritage.The town has a nice bakery of renown called the Stow bakery and a few small time shops.

There may not be much to see in Coloane but once you enter the Town center and walk across the promenade you begin to experience a walk into the past which is completely serene when you are at the church square which is typically of Portuguese heritage.

Sitting in one of the shops under the portico of this world heritage square I enjoyed the quite tranquil of this village, its atmosphere,the cool sea breeze while sipping on my drink watching the bay and the soft ripples of the sea which echoed the silence of Coloane in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Macau.
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vulindlela says:
Posted on: Sep 08, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
Sounds like a perfectly relaxing afternoon.
Posted on: Aug 30, 2014
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