Fort Guia

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The symbol of Macau Aug 08, 2014
Some currency notes and coins of the Macau Pattaca bears a symbol of a light house and a chapel within a fort which I learnt was one of the many fortresses in Macau.Almost every hill in Macau is fortified and a church,chapel or colonial quarters bears testimony to the bloody wars,conflicts and resistance in the history of the country.This fort called the Fort of Guia is considered to be the most important,as it housed the light house which guided ships into the bay.Macau being one of the most important ports trading with mainland China was therefore the most guarded colony from rival European kingdoms and from pirates and native resistance.

Though I revel in the history of any place I visit I do not wish to go into details except to share some facts or hearsay surrounding this Fort Guia. Guia in Portuguese means guide.This Fort I was told was christened by the Portuguese inline with the chapel dedicated to the mother of Jesus with a star in her hand, was supposedly believed to have guided and protected ships to and from the port. A statue of "Stella Maris" queen of the sea who guides sailors adorns the altar of the chapel and photography is prohibited within the chapel.Built in 1657 the chapel adorns a very old painting of St.John the baptist who is the patron saint of Macau's Christians.Fable, legend or fact, it is said that the miraculous statue intervened to protect the fort from the Dutch during the war for supremacy and control of the sea trade through the light house.

The fort had been well guarded by canons placed in strategic vantage points and the climb to the fort is long and winding.I was given to understand that entry into this fort was only through narrow tunnel which is still intact until recently a new route was formed for convenience.

Entry into the fort is free however if you find it hard to climb uphill you could pay a small fee of 5 Pattacas for a two way ride by a cable car.

The hill upon which the fort exits is landscaped and provided with equipment for physical exercise.The fort presents a nice view of the city and the bay as also has been provided with convenience facilities. It is also called the Jardim da flora.Plants and shrubs are artistically pruned and I believe the garden would be also a place of interest on its own during bloom.

Given its history, in my considered opinion a visit to Macau without a visit to this fort would be a meaningless journey, so don't you ever skip this attraction from the must see list in Macau.
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Zagnut66 says:
It's always fun exploring old forts.
Posted on: Aug 09, 2014
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