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Why Moorish Barracks is special ?
The Moorish Barracks is a brick and stone neo-classical structure with Mughal influences standing on a raised granite platform above the street. To the rear the construction has two floors, while the rest of the building is only one storey high. Spacious 4-metre-wide verandas with pointed arches run along all sides of the building except that facing Barra Hill. They enhance the surrounding views in what is also a perfect response to the local climate. The three-tier decorations in between the arches and the arrangement of the square and pointed ornaments on the parapet walls resemble mosaics and have a beautiful, subtle rhythm. The building is painted light yellow, with most of the details picked out in white. The huge granite-bearing wall below contrasts with the light painted plaster walls above in texture and colour.
What to explore at Moorish Barracks?
The Moorish Barracks is one of the 22 cultural sites which constitute the Historic Center of Macao which was inscribed in teh UNESCO Worl Heritage List in 2005.
How to get to Moorish Barracks?
-By Bus No.1, 1A, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21, 21A, 28B, 34.
-As you leave the A-ma Temple, turn left and walk uphill for about 10 minutes, you will find the Moorish Barracks.
Near Mageshan, Macau, China
Designed by an Italian architect and located uphill from the A-Ma temple, the barracks were built in the second half of the nineteenth century to house an Indian Regiment brought in to reinforce the local Police force and now form a part of the Historic Center of Macau. The building is now painted yellow and white and is raised above street level. A wide gallery with pointed arches running around it allows good visibility while providing shade from the intense Macau Sun. Worth a visit if you are in Macau.
While visitors are limited to what can be visited inside the building, it is worth walking by to glimpse a part of Macau's association with the larger Portuguese Empire, as this building housed Portuguese Indian (from Goa) forces who made up part of the police force.