Monday, 15 December 2008

POSTCARD FROM MACAU

The Guia Fortress is a historical military fort, chapel, and lighthouse complex in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, in China. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Netherlands to capture Macau from Portugal. The lighthouse was constructed between 1864 and 1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia or on the China coast. The lighthouse stands at 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. The complex was built upon the highest point on Macau, Guia Hill, and named after the same location. At the top of the lighthouse, there is a circular observation platform, where the lantern is installed. The light transmitter is accessed by a spiral flight of stairs inside. The tower has a simple rustic exterior, in keeping with Guia Chapel lying adjacent. Guia Fortress, along with the chapel and lighthouse are symbols of Macao’s maritime, military and missionary past.


In a joint issue (June 2008) Macao and Singapore Postal Administrations released a complete set of eight stamps featuring a selection of popular dishes of their cuisine. Talking about Macao cuisine, it is a Chinese-style cuisine with the inclusion of Western (Portuguese) features, blending the two styles together in a unique and singular cuisine.
Thank you, Diana for the postcard and all information on it.

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