"Those who drink from Lilau will never forget Macau". Those were the words of an old Portuguese saying. It's made in reference to Largo do Lilau or Lilau Square in Macau. The square was the first Portuguese settlement in the tiny peninsula.
Okay! With that out of the way, we come back to the topic of Lilau Square. Lilau means mountain spring and Lilau Square did have a spring whose water is used for cooking and drinking. The above saying was referring to this spring.
And we present you the spring! Well, not really. This small fountain is indeed in Lilau Square but it's not the original spring which is long gone. This is a recent addition and is not a historical artifact.
Continuing our journey from the Lilau Square we hike up the third most highest point in the Macau Peninsula to find this church!
The Church of Our Lady of Penha! That was quite a mouthful. So it's Penha Church for short and that's also the name you will find on the signposts pointing the way here.
The chapel was first erected in 1622 but the building that you see here dates back to 1837 when the church was completely rebuilt. Sitting on top of the Colina da Penha, the church can be clearly seen from the harbour below.
Below : You can see the harbour, the Macau Tower and shrouded by the haze, Zhu Hai in the background. The shot was taken in the courtyard of the Penha Church.
We will be seeing the Macau Tower up close and personal in a future post. Capping this post is the St. Lawrence's Church as pictured below. It is one of the more beautiful churches found in Macau and dates right back to 1560. See the big 450 number hung above the entrance? They are celebrating its 450th anniversary!
The church was a wooden structure in 1560 and was rebuilt in clay in 1618 and finally gained its stone structure in 1803.
Above : Inside the St. Lawrence's Church.