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Historic Center of Macau :: Moorish Barracks

Built in 1874 on the slope of Barra Hill, this building was constructed to accommodate an Indian regiment from Goa appointed to reinforce Macao’s police force. This building is a clear reminder of Macao’s close links with Goa and their rank as sister cities in Portuguese history.

Built in 1874 on the slope of Barra Hill, the Moorish Barracks is a brick and stone neo-classical structure with some Moorish influences giving it a somewhat exotic appearance. Measuring around 67 by 37 metres, the Moorish Barracks stand on a raised granite platform that is elevated from the street level. To the rear the construction has two floors, while the rest of the building has only one floor.

Spacious 4-metre-wide verandas with Moorish 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 verandas are lined with nineteen 1.5 metre-wide Moorish pointed arches. The three-layer decorations in between the arches and the arrangement of the square and pointed ornaments on the parapet walls resemble mosaics and have an impressively beautiful and 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.

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Category: Heritage @ Macau