The Historic Centre of Macao
The 29th Session of the World Heritage Committee has agreed to inscribe 隆掳The Historic Monuments of Macao隆卤, with the official title altered to 隆掳The Historic Centre of Macao隆卤, on UNESCO隆炉s prestigious World Heritage List, under the terms of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (隆掳World Heritage Convention隆卤).
Built in 1874 on the slope of Barra Hill, this building was constructed to accommodate an Indian regiment from Goa appointed to reinforce Macao隆炉s police force. This building is a clear reminder of Macao隆炉s close links with Goa and their rank as sister cities in Portuguese history.
The Moorish Barracks is a brick and stone neo-classical structure with Mughal influences standing on a raised granite platform above the street. To the rear the construction has two floors, while the rest of the building is only one storey high. Spacious 4-metre-wide verandas with pointed arches run along all sides of the building except that facing Barra Hill. They enhance the surrounding views in what is also a perfect response to the local climate. The three-tier decorations in between the arches and the arrangement of the square and pointed ornaments on the parapet walls resemble mosaics and have a beautiful, subtle rhythm. The building is painted light yellow, with most of the details picked out in white. The huge granite-bearing wall below contrasts with the light painted plaster walls above in texture and colour.