Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress, Macau: Hours, Address, Guia Fortress Reviews: 4/5

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OrderintheHouse
By OrderintheHouse
A visit here allowed us to appreciate interesting facets of Macau’s colonial history and to take in stunning city views.
Jan 2020
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I enjoyed an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 taking in short stays in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore. For the Macau segment of our tour we stayed two nights at the Hotel Royal (reviewed separately) on Estrada da Vitória in the Macau parish of São Lázaro. This hotel proved to be a fantastic location to get to the Guia Fortress, a short, relatively comfortable walk of around 15 minutes away. Of course, given our hotel’s location, we chose to walk to the Fort commencing at the hotel’s corner on Calcada do Gaio. There were modestly steep roads to negotiate, however with a couple of “rest “breathers” along the way we managed to complete the walk with little difficulty. The Guia Fortress is a 17th-century colonial military fort, chapel, and lighthouse as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau. The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638 and the 15 metre tall lighthouse between 1864 and 1865, making it the oldest modern lighthouse on the China coast. Being located on Guia Hill, which is the highest vantage point in Macau, we were able to experience spectacular panoramic views of the city of Macau. I took advantage of a nice photo opportunity of the amazing city view utilising an old original cannon perfectly positioned to be in the photo foreground. The Fort and the Chapel are both attractively coloured white with a pleasing light pastel yellow trim. The Lighthouse, which also has a red coloured top, was closed to the public, but the Chapel of Our Lady of Guia ( Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia) welcomed visitors inside. Inside the fortress is an information gallery on the chapel and the complex. A stand out feature of the Chapel are the frescoes uncovered in the Chapel in 1996 during routine conservation works. An information sign states that the frescoes “depict representations of both Chinese and Western themes, displaying motifs of religious and mythological inspiration that are a perfect example of Macao’s multicultural dimension.” The frescoes are a remarkable discovery and very beautiful. No photography is allowed and of course this request must be respected. We decided after the fort visit to take a stroll along the pathway of the extensive parkland leading down from the fort. The pathway provides excellent directional signage to the various attractions. On the way we passed interesting military remnants including a war tunnel that incorporated a small display of historic photos and war memorabilia that gave good insight as to what it was like when it was an air raid shelter. Eventually we discovered the Guia Fortress Cable Car Station and as it had been raining on and off, we decided to take the cable car down to the terminus below at the Flora Gardens. It is only an 80 second ride but it got us back to the city fairly dry while the rain was about. We discovered the cable car by total accident as we did not know one existed in Macau. It just goes to prove that international travel as always, remains a most enjoyable and wonderful voyage of discovery. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Guia Fortress. A visit here allowed us to appreciate interesting facets of Macau’s colonial history and to take in stunning city views. It is well worth including as part of any Macau travel itinerary.

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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,173 contributions
Jan 2020
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I enjoyed an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 taking in short stays in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

For the Macau segment of our tour we stayed two nights at the Hotel Royal (reviewed separately) on Estrada da Vitória in the Macau parish of São Lázaro. This hotel proved to be a fantastic location to get to the Guia Fortress, a short, relatively comfortable walk of around 15 minutes away.

Of course, given our hotel’s location, we chose to walk to the Fort commencing at the hotel’s corner on Calcada do Gaio. There were modestly steep roads to negotiate, however with a couple of “rest “breathers” along the way we managed to complete the walk with little difficulty.

The Guia Fortress is a 17th-century colonial military fort, chapel, and lighthouse as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau. The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638 and the 15 metre tall lighthouse between 1864 and 1865, making it the oldest modern lighthouse on the China coast.

Being located on Guia Hill, which is the highest vantage point in Macau, we were able to experience spectacular panoramic views of the city of Macau. I took advantage of a nice photo opportunity of the amazing city view utilising an old original cannon perfectly positioned to be in the photo foreground. The Fort and the Chapel are both attractively coloured white with a pleasing light pastel yellow trim. The Lighthouse, which also has a red coloured top, was closed to the public, but the Chapel of Our Lady of Guia ( Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia) welcomed visitors inside. Inside the fortress is an information gallery on the chapel and the complex.

A stand out feature of the Chapel are the frescoes uncovered in the Chapel in 1996 during routine conservation works. An information sign states that the frescoes “depict representations of both Chinese and Western themes, displaying motifs of religious and mythological inspiration that are a perfect example of Macao’s multicultural dimension.” The frescoes are a remarkable discovery and very beautiful. No photography is allowed and of course this request must be respected.

We decided after the fort visit to take a stroll along the pathway of the extensive parkland leading down from the fort. The pathway provides excellent directional signage to the various attractions. On the way we passed interesting military remnants including a war tunnel that incorporated a small display of historic photos and war memorabilia that gave good insight as to what it was like when it was an air raid shelter. Eventually we discovered the Guia Fortress Cable Car Station and as it had been raining on and off, we decided to take the cable car down to the terminus below at the Flora Gardens. It is only an 80 second ride but it got us back to the city fairly dry while the rain was about. We discovered the cable car by total accident as we did not know one existed in Macau. It just goes to prove that international travel as always, remains a most enjoyable and wonderful voyage of discovery.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Guia Fortress. A visit here allowed us to appreciate interesting facets of Macau’s colonial history and to take in stunning city views. It is well worth including as part of any Macau travel itinerary.
Written June 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

luxuryvoyage
Switzerland2,713 contributions
Nov 2019
The fortress is centrally located and can easily be visited on a tour of Senado Square and the St. Paul ruins. From the St. Paul Ruins it is only a short ascent to the fort. At the top you are rewarded with a wide view over Macau. The fortress itself does not offer much, but 360 degree panoramic view.
Written January 5, 2020
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KTLim99
458 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Awesome view of Macao...with New Grand Lisboa as Landmark point. Nice walk up the hill. With floral garden and short cable car up to top of hill.
Written December 1, 2019
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KW M
Belfast, UK542 contributions
Nov 2019
Tiny fort with the lighthouse and church. The church is very nice, circa 1600s, with some wall paintings. The rest of the fort is small, so a quick walkabout. You're at the highest point in the city, so go chance to take some photos. Not much else here. Bit of a hike up hill to get here. Nice park surrounding it all. Bring water on a hot day.
Written November 27, 2019
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travelbug1261
Mount Gambier, Australia141 contributions
Nov 2019
Bit of a climb, but then had good views over Macau, China and ruins of st Paul.
Great photo opportunities
Written November 6, 2019
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Yanto
Surabaya, Indonesia9 contributions
Oct 2019
Located in the top of hill. from here can see some part of Macau city. the road is climb to the hill
Written November 3, 2019
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Jeffrey H
Taipei, Taiwan28 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
You enter the fortress grounds near the ruins of St. Paul. There is a nice uphill walk through nice gardens and old tress to get to the top. Great views at the top and cannons place all around giving lots of photo opportunities.
Written July 4, 2019
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Mike S
Philippines84 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
good view over the city incl. the ruins of St. Paul, no entry fee except if u like to go in the museum, free wifi
Written May 23, 2019
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SteveDMountainman
Leeds, UK145 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The highest point on the northern part of macau but not as someone has said the highest point of macau. That is alto coloane on the south island. This is a pleasant site to visit. We walked from the south. There are a couple of lifts on route so its quite easy. A good spot for photos a the lighthouse is quite photogenic.
Written January 29, 2019
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DickyKnees63
Adelaide, Australia567 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Built between 1622 & 1638 this old fort occupies vital ground overlooking the city of Macau and it's sea approaches. There is a small chapel & lighthouse at the top of the fort. The chapel dates from the time of the original fort though the lighhouse is much later. A small free of charge museum can be visited and you can take the cable car back down to ground level if you choose.
Written January 22, 2019
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