Walling the City

Jeremy Tambling and Louis Lo

in Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099371
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207660 | DOI:
Walling the City

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This chapter discusses the defences and colonial architecture that were built in Macao. It is composed of walls that run from one end of Macao to the other; for example, the walls to the north run down to the Inner Harbour as a defence against the north. Aside from the walls that frame the city, there were fourteen fortresses that were built in the seventeenth century. The most significant of these is Guia, which was built to help defend Macao from piracy. The vaulting in the main chapel features trompe l'oeil effects, which is at the heart of baroque.

Keywords: defences; colonial architecture; walls; fortresses; seventeenth century; Guia; piracy; trompe l'oeil effects; baroque

Chapter.  3431 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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