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Fortaleza do Monte

Vacation Travel Guide

Views of Macau’s historic center and modern skyline await from a rooftop park while museum exhibits retell the city’s history at this 17th-century fortress.

Visit Fortaleza do Monte (Monte Forte), the historical heart of Macau’s military activities. Spot cannons as you wander around the fortress’s courtyards and garden. Pause to admire a dramatic skyline, which blends colonial and traditional Chinese architecture with glitzy skyscrapers and neon-lit casinos. Discover the history and development of Macau at a museum set inside the main building of Monte Fort.

Jesuits established the fortress atop Mount Hill in 1617 to protect the city from pirate raids. It covers about 2.4 acres (0.9 hectares) and once featured military barracks, storehouses and sufficient artillery to withstand a 2-year-long siege. The impenetrable defensive walls are 12-feet (3.7-meter) wide at the base and rise to a height of 29.5 feet (9 meters). The landmark later served as the residence of the Governor of Macau and a weather observatory, before being demilitarized in 1976.

Some 32 cannons look out through crenelations on three sides of the defensive walls. None of them face mainland China, which suggests that the stronghold was established as a defense against raids from the sea. The cannons were only fired once, when a Dutch fleet launched an attack in 1622. Look for a bronze statue of Father Matteo Ricci, who introduced evangelism to China in the late 1500s.

Views from the garden and courtyards are magnificent. See major landmarks of the Historic Center of Macau, including the ornate facade and ruins of the Church of St. Paul’s and St. Paul’s College. To the south, glass-fronted skyscrapers, the elaborate tower of the Grand Lisboa hotel and Macau Tower dominate the skyline.

Glimpse into Macau’s fascinating past via interactive exhibits at the Macau Museum. The museum starts with an introduction to the city’s Chinese-Portuguese traditions, religious beliefs and trade and commerce. Browse an overview of Macanese art and festivals. Find examples of daily life in Macau portrayed through art and literature.

Fortaleza do Monte is open daily and admission is free. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and there’s an admission fee. Get here by walking for 10 minutes from Largo do Senado square.

Top Hotels Close to Fortaleza do Monte

Holiday Inn Express Macau City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Macau City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
MACAU, AVENIDA DO DR, RODRIGO, Macau
The price is NT$1,131 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in the heart of Macau, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lisboa Casino, Senado Square, and Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. Macau Fisherman's Wharf ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
"The housekeeping staffs are nice and friendly, other staff not very nice. Macao weather is humid. The bed amenities have some moldy and damp smells. The renovation is new. The location is convenience."

Reviewed on 2021/7/5

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Hotel Royal Macau
Hotel Royal Macau
5 out of 5
Estrada Da Vitoria 2-4, Macau
The price is NT$1,840 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, and Senado ...
4.2/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Good location, low key but with all amenities, clean and welcoming staff."

Reviewed on 2021/7/23

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Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau (formerly Grand Lapa Macau)
Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau (formerly Grand Lapa Macau)
4.5 out of 5
956-1110 Avenida De Amizade, Macau
The price is NT$1,948 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the center of Macau, this family-friendly resort is within a 10-minute walk of Lotus Square and Macau Fisherman's Wharf. Macau Ferry Terminal and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Service. Even though we have checked out, the pool manager gracefully let us in because of our kids were very eager to jump into the pool."

Reviewed on 2021/7/27

Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau (formerly Grand Lapa Macau)
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Million Dragon Hotel (Formerly "Hotel Lan Kwai Fong Macau")
Million Dragon Hotel (Formerly "Hotel Lan Kwai Fong Macau")
3 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,020 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
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Hotel Royal Macau
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5 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,840 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau (formerly Grand Lapa Macau)
Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau (formerly Grand Lapa Macau)
4.5 out of 5
956-1110 Avenida De Amizade, Macau
The price is NT$1,948 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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Holiday Inn Express Macau City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Macau City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
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Grand Emperor Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is NT$4,329 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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5 out of 5
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The price is NT$4,256 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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3 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16
4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,165 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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