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Mong Ha Fort, Macau

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Mong-Há Fort (Chinese: 望廈炮台; Portuguese: Fortaleza de Mong-Há) is a fort on Mong-Há Hill, Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Macau, China. The fort is part of a greater military reservation - the Bairro Militar de Mong-Há, which included the Quartel de Mong-Há (Mong-Há Barracks). The Bairro Militar is bound by the Rua Francisco Xavier Pereira and the Colina de Mong-Há. The main fort complex was erected 1849 by Governor Ferreira do Amaral to protect the Macau's northern sector as precaution against a possible Chinese invasion following the First Opium War between Britain and China (1839-1842).

The fort's construction began in 1849 and was completed in 1864/66. The Quartel de Mong-Há was constructed in the 1920s. With the complete withdrawal of the Portuguese military establishment in the 1960s following the Sino-Portuguese rapprochement, the fort and the Bairro Militar were deactivated, with the former being turned over to the Instituto de Formação Turística de Macau in the 1980s. In June 1997, the area surrounding the fort was transformed into the Jardim Municipal de Mong-Há.

With an overall area of 650 square meters, the brick-walled fort held ten artillery pieces with a firing range capable of reaching the Portas do Cerco. Along with the barracks for Portuguese troops of African origin (Landins), the fort also included a lookout post and a munitions dump. The Quartel de Mong-Há occupied an area of 2244 square meters and was built in the style of 1920s Southern European and Modernist architecture. The Government of Macau demolished the Quartel de Mong-Há and the neighboring Escola Keang Peng and put in their place public housing in the name of public security in late 2008.
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  • The most interesting thing to see at the Mong Ha Municipal Park is the old Portuguese Fort which was built as a defensive measure against the growing threat of Chinese invasion of Macau in the mid...  more »
  • A historically old fort with history pertaining to portugese and chinese conflicts. Built to be a fortress. The walk up side was very long and tiring. We were pretty exhausted.  more »
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  • Lovely view and park, off the tourist trail.
  • The Mong Ha Fortress and hilltop is a quite area of Macau that is now a public space. The hill and old fort is a bit far north for most visitors but we consider it an interesting place to spend time if you have done the rounds of popular attractions and are looking for something new and different to see in Macau. At Mong Ha hill you can find walkways near the walls of the old Portuguese fort, which was formally abandoned in the 1960s upon agreement between the China and Portugal. Historically, the Portuguese had a fort constructed here after the first Opium War in 1841. Completed in 1866, the fort served the purpose of discouraging Chinese incursion upon Portuguese controlled Macau. Unfortunately, compared to Monte Forte in the Historic City Centre, there is very little to see of the old Mong Ha fort. Also, views from the walking paths here are less preferred to what you can find at Guia Hill, nearer to the historic city centre. However, they are not bad. Other interesting things to see at Mong Ha Hill include the large Lin Fung Temple at the northern end of the hill, the Ox Warehouse contemporary art gallery on the western side, just off Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and the popular IFT Educational restaurant found at the top of Mung Ha Hill.

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