A-Ma Temple, upper chapel, Macao

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Prise le 13/10/2008
A-Ma Temple (Portuguese: Templo de A-Má;traditional Chinese: 媽閣廟; simplified Chinese: 妈阁庙), situated on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula, is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Macau. Built in 1488, the temple is dedicated to the goddess of seafarers and fishermen Matsu.
The name Macau is thought to be derived from the temple. It is said that when the Portuguese sailors landed at the coast just outside the temple and asked the name of the place, the natives replied "A-Ma-Gao" (Bay of A-Ma). The Portuguese then named the peninsula Macau. The temple was well described in ancient Chinese texts, as well as represented in paintings. It is also one of the first scenes photographed in China.
In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Latitude: 22° 11' 7" N, Longitude: 113° 31' 56" E see »

Localisation: 風順堂區, Macau

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