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Published: June 25th 2014
Macau has a long and intriguing history. Administered by the Portuguese from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in Asia, currently Macau may be best known for its gambling industry, the largest in the world, with many famous casinos as major tourist draws.
Disregarding the promises of glitter and gold that exist for most tourists to Macau today, I spent my time there exploring its past glory during one very busy day. Highlights for me weren’t the museums (Macau Museum of Art, Macau Museum), gardens or historic homes as much as the beautiful architecture, churches and temples and witnessing some of the visible fruits of centuries of cultural exchanges in terms of food, shopping and street life. The temples – Kun Ian Temple, A-Ma Temple, Na Tcha Temple to a lesser extent - were still active places of worship, while the churches – ruins of the Church of St. Paul, obviously, but also the Church of San Domingo, Church of St. Augustine and Church of St. Lawrence – were lovely and well-maintained but less vibrant, at least at the time of visiting.
The beaches of Macau are also said to be
Kun Iam Temple
The site of the first Sino-American treaty which was signed in 1844.
lovely, and a fuller trip there should probably include a visit to those along with an evening trying one’s luck at the casinos.
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