Macau is a nation where East and West beautifully merged at different times of history, shaping the country to what it is today. Its culture influenced by the different races that once called this land their home is displayed in the many museums and historic centres that dot the city. It is a nation that boasts successful east west cultural pluralism and has buildings and monuments that display the influences of the world it was once connected to. The Moorish Barracks is one such building.
Located on the slopes of the Barra Hill, this building was created to house the regiment from India appointed by the Portuguese to reinforce and strengthen the police force in Macau. The nation has a deep rooted connection to Goa India, as it was one of the sister colonies of the Portuguese. This barrack stands proud displaying exquisite Mughul architecture which ensures forever that the bond with India is never forgotten.
The barrack was built in the year 1874 and has a unique design that combines the best of all worlds. It is primarily built of brick and stone and stands raised from the ground on a granite platform. The building is a single story high right round except for the rear, which consists of 2 floors. It is painted in a pale yellow shade which emulates the aura that can be experienced if one stands on the veranda surrounding the barracks. At 4 metres wide, these spacious verandas are decorated with pointed arches that run on three sides of the building which highlight the surrounding scenery. Other attractions of the Moorish Barrack are the three tiered decoration in the middle of the arches and the traditional ornaments on the walls that further elaborate the intricate decoration, so typical of Indian architecture.
The Moorish Barracks is one of the many places that showcase the fascinating history of Macau. Stay at a Macau hotel to tour around this city and explore the many treasures that are found within its borders. Galaxy Macau Resort Hotel is one of the finest luxury hotels Macau has that ensures you have a truly memorable holiday adventure.