In the 18th century this heavily wooded garden formed part of the grounds of the home which was once the residence of the Chairman of the British East India Company, known as Casa Garden. Casa Garden now houses an art gallery, and the Old Protestant Cemetery. It’s filled with walkways, flowering trees, and old headstones marking the graves of merchants, missionaries, and others from foreign lands who made their home in Macau.
In 1835 the British moved out and the Portuguese owner had a grotto guilt around a bust of Portugal’s national poet, Luis de Camoes. The current bronze bust was installed in 1886 when the grotto became state property. Behind the grotto, paths lead up to a wooded hill with a Chinese pavilion and stone tables and stools, where locals gather to play Chinese chess. In front of the grotto is a spacious garden, with benches shaded by Banyan trees, where people bring their caged birds for an outing, do their morning tai chi, or meet with friends. The entrance of the garden is where you’ll find a found containing a bronze sculpture entitled “Embrace”, made to symbolize the centuries old friendship between Portugal and China.
Address: Praça de Luís de Camões, Macau
Opening hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Bus routes nearby: 17
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