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Architecture in Macao during the Ming & Qing Dynasties”

Dr Ieng Weng Fat
Part-time Teacher at the School of Arts

Macao Foundation & GuangDong Social Sciences Association
The Second Outstanding Achievement Awards for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
First Prize (Monograph)

Dr Ieng's work describes how Macao has evolved from a village into a town and thence to a modern city. There were 3 stages of architectural style, Jesuit, European and Portuguese-Eclectic, over the course of the three and a half centuries of the Ming and Qing period. The Jesuit style influenced the appearance of some churches built later in Macao. During the 18th to 19th century, there were a number of European style buildings developed along Praia Grande district, since many Europeans stayed in Macao for trading. But after the traders changed their trading port to Ling-Ding Island, Macao metropolis started to appear rather shabby. Following the Opium War, the architectural style to be founded in this small peninsula was Portuguese-Eclectic. Macao has plenty of architectural heritage in the present day.

Chinese style architecture has also been used in the city over four centuries, mainly to build temples, the chosen style almost always being Lingnan, this suiting the local environment. Other buildings were composed of gardens.

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