Macau Trip: Mount Fortress


After the Ruins of St. Paul's, and visiting the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt, the next to explore is the Mount Fortress which is just adjacent to it.  I traversed a green path that lead me a winding steps to a spacious platform at the top.

The Mount Fortress was built by the Jesuits in the 16th century to depend from the pirates the complex that includes a campus and the Mother of God Church now known as the Ruins of St. Paul's. And later became Macau’s principal military defense for almost three centuries. The fortress is on top of Mount Hill  covering an area of 10, 000 square meters, and shaped of a trapezoid. 



The four corners of the fortress was bulge out to serve as a defense wall. The parapet sections  contains 32 cannons and two corners have watchtowers. The cannons were used only once when the Dutch invaded Macau. Barracks, cisterns, and cellars were the main buildings in the fort. In 1965 the fortress  where no longer a restricted military facility when the barracks were converted into a weather observatory, and then converted into now The Macau Museum.





 The cellars were converted into a gallery that features the history and legends of the fortresses of Macau and cultural relics. Other archaeological findings are on display here.



The top platform were converted into a landscape garden.





The view of the city while at Mount Fortress