Called the Barrier Gate in Chinese, the Portuguese name 'Gate of Siege' says a lot more to the hundreds of years of relations between the Portuguese and Chinese. The old archway, built in 1870, marked the border between Portuguese and Chinese territory and was the actual border crossing between Macau and China until 1994 when a new crossing by the side was created. The archway and surroundings were turned into a pretty plaza. In 2004, the entire area was again renovated with the new Barrier Gate Frontier Post being constructed north on the archway. The archway bears the dates of significant events and the motto by Luis de Camoes, 'Honour your country, it cares for you'.
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Portas do Cerco and Nearby Attractions on Map
Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral(2.3 km)
The city's most famous landmark and is regarded as the greatest monument to Christianity in the East.
Senate Square(2.8 km)
A colorful typical Iberian town square this is the traditional heart of Macau city.
Holy House of Mercy(2.7 km)
This building established by the first Bishop of Macau in 1569 provides an imposing facade for the Senate Square.
Wine Museum and Grand Prix Museum(2.4 km)
The Wine Museum and the Grand Prix Museum are both in the same building, north of the center of town.
Macau Museum(2.3 km)
Above Saint Paul's, within the remains of the Mount fortress, is the main Macau Museum.
Guia Fortress(2 km)
Built in the 1600s on top of Guia Hill on the eastern part of the peninsula, the fortress's main function was to ward off any attack by China.
Loyal Senate Building(2.7 km)
Built to house Macau's municipal government the Leal Senado has a neoclassical design and much of the original layout and structure has been retained through the years.
Don Pedro V Theatre(3 km)
Built in 1860 as the first Western-style theatre on the Chinese coast, it remains a significant cultural landmark of the Macanese community and remains a venue for many public functions and events.
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