Saturday, May 30, 2009

Macau...a once Portuguese colony....

Macau was an interesting place to visit, being right next door to Hong Kong.We were impressed with this building - Sao Paulo, A Catholic landmark.It was burnt down in 1835.You are able to see only the front and the back façade of the front side of the building. It feels weird to walk indoors only to find you’re outside again.

It was interesting to discover how difficult it was to bury foreigners out there. Portuguese Catholics did not allow Protestants to be buried on their soil so the East India Company bought some land in 1814 for the old Protestant Cemetary.

It was further surprising to find Artist George Chinnery, (died 1852.)

Royal Navy Capt. J.H. Spencer / Churchill, son of the 5th Duke of Marlbrough and great great grand uncle of Winston Churchill and US Naval Lieut Joseph Harod Adams, grandson of the second President of the United States John Adams and Nephew of the 6th John Quincy Adams, buried there.

Portugal Day, Camões Day and Portuguese Communities Day

Lionel Ritchie


Nessa said...

So many relatives related to famous people.

Akelamalu said...

What an interesting post! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this info. I enjoyed it. Great video with Lionel Ritchie :)

SandyCarlson said...

That photo of the facade is really amazing. Seems to me to be the perfect metaphor for many churches these days.

How the Europeans got around and left their mark really is amazing.

crochet lady said...

Thanks for sharing that bit of history.

That facade is interesting. I wonder why they left that standing.

Baron's Life said...

Nice Post LadyL. enjoyed it

Voegtli said...

This is lovely. Have you been there?

Maude Lynn said...

I saw Lionel on Good Morning America just a couple of days ago. He looked great!

George said...

The facade of the church is absolutely beautiful. I'm surprised that it's still standing. It's interesting that a descendant of two presidents is buried in Macao.

A Lady's Life said...

Hi! Every one!
Peter yes I have been there and this was my impression of Macau. I never expected to see what I saw out there.
I guess its true what they say. If you want to know about a place, the best place to learn is at a Cemetary.
I guess they left Sao Paulo standing because of the Portuguese heritage which is very nice of them
Many countries tear things down once the politics changes. Foreigners would like to go there just to learn about this heritage and other things about Macau which makes it special.

Mama Zen -Lionel Ritchie has some very good songs and

Sandy the metaphor about churches and the facade is a keen observation.

George - this was exactly what impressed me the most
Nessa seems they are also relating Obama's past and Clintons past to
very important people as well. I guess the apples don't fall far from the tree lol