Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fortaleza do Monte



Mount Fortress.

Built in conjunction with the Jesuits from 1617 to 1626, this was the city's principal military defense structure. Built by the Jesuits as their headquarters at the same time as St. Paul's, the Monte Fortress provided ab effective defense against attack by Dutch in 1624. The fortress was equipped with cannons, military barraks, wells and arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years. The fortress covers an area of 10,000 square metres, in the shape of a trapezoid. The four corners of the fortres protude to form bulwarks. Today it houses the Museum of Macau, which occupies the foundation and platform with exhibits that illustrate the life of macau and it's people over the past four centuries, emphasizing the bi-cultural character of the city with it's different faiths and festivals, social customs, architecture, sports, art and cuisine. Special attention is also given to the merging cultures to create the distinctive Macanese society.

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