The highlights here are the interactive displays detailing the maritime histories of Portugal and China, the artefacts from Macau’s...
These former barracks (c 1874) were designed by an Italian in a neoclassical style inspired by Moorish architecture, to accommodate...
Towering above the colonial villas along Avenida da República is Penha Hill, the most tranquil and least-visited area of the peninsula....
‘The Sailboat’ is listed in every guidebook. One reason for its popularity is that it’s within walking distance of the A-Ma Temple. If...
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A-Ma Temple information
A-Ma Temple was probably already standing when the Portuguese arrived, although the present structure may date from the 16th century. It was here that fisherfolk once came to replenish supplies and pray for fair weather. A-Ma, aka Tin Hau, is the goddess of the sea, from which the name Macau is derived. It's believed that when the Portuguese asked the name of the place, they were told ‘A-Ma Gau’ (A-Ma Bay). In modern Cantonese, ‘Macau’ (Ou Mun) means ‘gateway of the bay’.