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St. Augustine's (Santo Agostinho)

This 1814 structure consists of a spacious interior with three aisles separated by colonnades with a marble-clad altar that holds a statue of Christ carrying the cross. It is said that when this statue was taken to the Cathedral by Church authorities, it would somehow mysteriously return to the altar of the church.

During the annual festival of Our Lord of the Passion (Nosso Senhor dos Passos), a procession is held on the first Sunday of Lent. The statue is taken to the Cathedral for a night and is paraded the next day through the streets where the Stations of the Cross are set up, and, attended by the clergy and hundreds of citizens, is restored to St. Augustine's.

St. Dominic's (São Domingos)

The church was established by Dominican friars in the 16th Century and is presently a prominent feature of Macau's central square. The building is a baroque façade with cream-washed stone, white stucco, and green shutters. Its doors are not open all the time, but only during services. You have to ring the bell on the adjoining green gate to enter the church at other times.

The basic shape of the façade is repeated at the great altar, with the elaboration of elegant columns, saintly statues, and clusters of candelabras. Its chapels boasts of delicate ivory and wooden saints carved by local Chinese craftsmen, as well as its flat wooden ceiling with its fretwork panels.

Monte-Fort (Fortress of S. Paulo do Monte)

Occupying 21,000 square feet, the fort was constructed between 1617 to 1626 by the Jesuits of chunambo. The fort was built on granite foundations, with brick guardrooms and cannon housings. Its barracks, cisterns, and storehouses are capable of sustaining siege of up to two years.

The fort was initially part of a complex together with the college and church of St. Paul's. However, when Mascarenhas arrived to be governor, he turned the Jesuits out and the fort became a government house until 1749. It was then transferred to a building on Praia Grande.

Today, the fort is a public park with spectacular views of St. Paul's and the city. It also functions as a site for meteorologists to study the weather, which is open for visitors to see the tracking charts and weather watching equipment. Opening hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (May to September), and from 7:00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (October to April).

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