Moorish Barracks

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Moorish Barracks information

Macau , China
Calcada da Barra
Barra Hill
Getting there
Bus: 18, 28
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These former barracks (c 1874) were designed by an Italian in a neoclassical style inspired by Moorish architecture, to accommodate Muslim Indian policemen from Goa. The confusion of Muslims with Moors was due to the fact that dated Cantonese refers to Indians as ‘moh loh cha’ and ‘moh loh’ is a transliteration of ‘Moorish’. You can't enter the building, now occupied by the Macau Maritime Administration. Turn right as you leave A-Ma Temple; a 10-minute uphill walk will take you here.