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Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque$
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Jeremy Tambling and Louis Lo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099371

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099371.001.0001

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Walling the City

Walling the City

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Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

Jeremy Tambling

Louis Lo

Hong Kong University Press

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

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