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Fortaleza da Guia
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This fort built between 1622 and 1638 on Macau's highest hill was key to protecting the Portuguese from invaders. You can walk the steep, winding road up to the fortress or take a five-minute cable-car ride from the entrance of Flora Garden on Avenida Sidónio Pais. Once inside, notice the gleaming white Guia Lighthouse (you can't go up, but you can get a good look at the exterior) that's lit every night. Next to it is the Guia Chapel, built by Clarist nuns to provide soldiers with religious services. Restoration work in 1998 uncovered elaborate frescoes mixing western and Chinese themes. They're best seen when the morning or afternoon sun floods the chapel, which is no longer used for services.
- Address: Guia Hill, Downtown, Macau
- Phone: 853/8399–6699
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Daily 9–5:30
- Location: Downtown Macau
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