Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trek To Historic Macao

Macau, a former Portuguese colony in the People's Republic of China, is just one hour and forty five minutes away by plane from Manila. This historic city was colonized in the 16th century by Portuguese settlers.  I had a privilege of visiting this city and get a taste of Macanese culture.
I did not have my trusty bike with me, so I got to my destination by taxi, bus and good old walking.
Destination: Leal Senado
There are many ways to go to Leal Senado. The easiest and fastest, though the least expensive, is by taxi. From the Venetian Hotel, take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Leal Senado. Be prepared to pay around 60 Patacas (around 300 Philippine Pesos) for the 8km trip.
Senado Square
Senado Square - notice the Portuguese style pavement
Alley in Leal Senado

A few meters from Leal Senado Square is Largo de São Domingos, where the Church of St. Dominic is located. I find this church very beautiful. It was built in 1587, by Spanish Dominican priests

Beautiful St. Dominic Church

The interior of St. Dominic Church
Crucified Christ - Inside St. Dominic Church
I spent a good 15 minutes inside the church before I hurried off to my next destination: Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora do Monte de São Paulo, in English: Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul.
Going up the steep streets leading to the Monte Forte
Calcada do Monte - Mountain Road. It must be a 10 to 15 degree incline, parking could be a little difficult and dangerous
The Monte Forte - the cannons line up, ready to fire at enemy ships sailing through the Pearl River Delta
Modern Macau obscures the Pearl River Delta. A hundred years ago, a Portuguese guard can view all ships traveling by the Delta, always on guard, ready to fire at enemy ships.
Buildings block the view of Macau from the Fortress
Pool by the Macau Museum
Muzzle loaded cannon, probably made out of cast iron

Next destination is the Ruínas de São Paulo (Ruins of St. Paul). The Ruins of Saint Paul was what remained of the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Saint Paul College. It was destroyed in 1835. The facade was the only thing left after the fire.
Facade of the Cathedral - Ruins of the St. Paul.
Inside the Ruins
Atop the Facade of St Paul - overlooking a small plaza

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04/11/2012 11:37 AM

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 8.15 km (5.1 mi)
Total time: 1:03:23
Moving time: 28:35
Average speed: 7.71 km/h (4.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 17.11 km/h (10.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 86.72 km/h (53.9 mi/h)
Average pace: 7.78 min/km (12.5 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.51 min/km (5.6 min/mi)
Min pace: 0.69 min/km (1.1 min/mi)
Max elevation: 62 m (204 ft)
Min elevation: -2 m (-7 ft)
Elevation gain: 657 m (2155 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -20 %
Recorded: 04/11/2012 11:37 AM
Activity type: Mixed type - automotive and walking

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