Macau is a very intriguing place whose culture was born out of the mixing of Portuguese and Chinese people. As a result there’s a lot of heritage and lifestyle to be experienced.
One of the initial functions of the fortress was as the residence for the governor of Macau, and the Fortaleza do Monte served this role until the mid 1700s. The main purpose of the fortress upon construction was the protection of Jesuit properties around the vicinity.
Base of Militaristic/Security Operations
After the Portuguese invasion, in 1810 the fortress was utilised by two companies of the Portuguese Prince Regent Battalion who served as a police force until 1841. There are many old armaments and military relics that still remain at the fortress today.
Many would be surprised to discover this but the fortress used as a weather observatory by the Meteorological Department of Portuguese Macau for thirty years. The hill-top location of the Fortaleza do Monte made it perfect for its new role.
The Museum of Macau
Ever since 1998, all the way to the present day, the Fortaleza do Monte has been the home of the Museum of Macau. A new museum building was even built at the centre of the fort. If you’re staying at a Macau Luxury hotel situated nearby, such as Hotel Okura Macau, be sure to check out this spectacular fortress.
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