The Fortaleza do Monte (Portuguese for Mount Fortress, also Monte Forte; officially Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora do Monte de São Paulo, in English: Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul; Chinese: 大砲台; Cantonese Yale: daaih paau yìh) is a fort in Santo António in Macau. It is the historical military centre of Macau. The fort forms part of the "Historic Centre of Macau" and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fort was built between 1617 and 1626 on the 52-metre tall Mount Hill, located directly east of the Ruins of Saint Paul's. It was constructed to protect the properties of the Jesuits (mainly Portuguese Jesuits) in Macau, especially from pirates. Later, the fort was taken over by the Portuguese colonial governor and the relevant authorities for the defence of Macau.
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Virginia Bosch | Jan 8, 2018
Interesting stop with beautiful views of the city. Across from St Paul's Ruins, follow the signs that lead you to the museum (right hand side of the ruins), go up the escalators and when you get to the ticket office turn left to the next set of escalators. A ticket is not required for the Fort, it is free.
Jerry Gordinier | Jan 28, 2018
Cool old fort with a great view of the city. Play around on some old cannons, then check out the Macau museum.
Lawrence Tang | Nov 25, 2017
A nice walk after visiting Ruins of St Paul's. The fort allows good insight into Macau"s colonial history and it offers an amazing view of Macau.
Stefan Morrell | Dec 6, 2017
Great place to see a sunset, while enjoying a beautiful historical site. Great views of the city and the Ruins of St. Paul's.
Maruthakumar Thirugnanam | Sep 9, 2017
Nice fort located in a small hill top with elevator to access. Well maintained and good collection of antiques including the post box of old macau. Roof top park is excellent and we can get full view of Macau from top.
Penny Nicolson | Mar 29, 2018
What a complete awesome place. Amazing history, amazing views, amazing! After walking to the top, make sure you go right around the whole circumference to view Macau from all angles. Try to get there around 4pm & stay for sunset. It closes at 7pm,so give yourself at least an hour to see it all & soak up the atmosphere. Walk down the hill after sunset for beautiful night photos of the Ruins of St Paul's.
Petra Vřesová | Mar 21, 2018
Amazing view on the city! Historical areal of the fort is a calm refuge in bussy city with many old cannons, nice gardens and interesting museum in the central building. Highly recommended for visit.
Adeel Qurashi | Mar 10, 2018
Amazing views of the city. Very close to the old town, therefore highly recommended. Make sure you go all the way up.
Tony Kangrui Liu | Mar 22, 2018
Amazing views of Ruins of St. Paul's and the city. Must come here during sunset or sunrise for instagram-worthy shots of Macau and selfies of course
Prabaharan G Mani | Apr 18, 2018
One of the souvenirs of Portugese... Nothing new with the architecture, its like a regular fort. But the speciality is, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city of macau from here. And there is one binocular located at the top. The administration is good. The security guards are everywhere to ensure your safety. And there is a garden at the top of the fort. No entry fees. One of the best places to visit with children. Usually not too crowded. You can enjoy the fresh air also. Overall a nice place to visit with your kids.
BradJill Travels | Jun 5, 2018
The Monte Forte attraction, which is a member of the UNESCO World Heritage designation for the Historic Centre of Macau is located right next to the famous Ruins of St. Paul. It is a nice place to visit but needs to be combined with the Macau Museum, within the same grounds to be worth your time. The lower level below the Forte is wooded and well-shaded, offering a break from the heat and sun during the summer months. Also, as you approach and enter the fort area and from within the fort itself, you are rewarded with some nice views of the surrounding area. Lastly, there are nice cannons on display as well providing decent atmosphere to this attraction. Unfortunately, there is not much to see within the fort itself except a small single room gallery that you can access from the top. Here there are a few wall displays providing a bit of history about fort but there is not much else to see to the fort itself. However, sharing the same ground, you can find the Macau Museum (MOP15) which offers a good account of the various eras of Macau's history. Overall, while there are nice views from Monte Forte we only recommend visiting if you intend to visit the Macau Museum, especially if you have limited time in Macau. Hint: If you plan to visit both the Forte Monte and the Macau Museum, do the museum first so you that you can take advantage of the escalators built in to carry you up to the museum entrance. When you finish the museum, you find yourself at the top of Forte Monte without being required to climb up the hill to the actual entrance. You can then simply climb down the path after you finish visiting.
With Pikachu | Jun 5, 2018
Really good museum. Worth the time.
Carbo Kuo | May 27, 2018
The best place to overview Macau. This fort is built by Portuguese in centuries ago. The Macau Museum is inside.
ying chua | Jun 25, 2018
Very much left as how it was, not much activity but its a nice/ shaded walk/ stroll up after all the good street snacks just down the fort.
Mark Ancheta | Jul 3, 2018
Easy to walk to.. its just beside ruins of St Paul though a steep walk.
Owen | Jul 7, 2018
Cool portuguese fort with old cannons and plaques describing it but all in portuguese. Good view of st paul facade and lisboa casino atop the hill. Romantic spot at night. Road leads you directly to the facade. Lights illuminate the walls and plenty banyan trees for shade during the day.
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