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A-Ma

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Hidden : 1/1/2011
In Macau
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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This nano cache is location nearly to A-Ma Temple.

A-Ma Temple (Portuguese: Templo de A-Má), 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 name of 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 "??" (Jyutping: "Maa1 Gok3"). The Portuguese then named the peninsula "Macao".

The A-Ma Temple is a destination offering silence and spectacular views. The temple contains six main parts, all of which make up a series of classical Chinese architectural treasures, and this is all guarded by stone lions. Entering the temple and going across a gateway, you will reach the Hongren Hall by a winding path. A statue of Mazu is worshipped here, and it is believed that the hall has the longest history in the complex. Going ahead, the Hall of Avalokitesvara will present itself to visitors. It was constructed mainly using bricks and stone in a simple style. Compared with the other halls, the Zhengjiao Chanlin (a Buddhist hall) was designed tastefully both in regards to size and architectural style.

Containing not only an ancient architectural complex, the temple also possesses a measure of the rich and profound Chinese culture. It is worth your while to stay and enjoy the various poems and inscriptions carved on the stone along the cliff. Furthermore, each year, on the days of the birthday of Mazu and the Chinese New Year, many male and female disciples gather here. They burn lots of incense to pay homage and pray for good fortune.

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媽閣廟(粵語:ma5 gok3 miu6,「媽」變調為「馬」;葡萄牙語:Templo de A-Má或Templo Chinês da Barra),原稱媽祖閣,主奉海神媽祖,是位於澳門半島西南方的標誌性建築物之一,現為澳門三大古剎中最古老者。2005年作為澳門歷史城區的部分被列入世界文化遺產名錄內。

媽閣廟始建於1488年,時值明朝。當時媽閣廟門前已為澳門之海岸線,是當地及附近居住之漁民作業之上岸補給、歇息和祈福之處。廟宇背山面海,沿崖建築,古木參天,風光優美。整座廟宇包括大殿(又稱神山第一殿)、石殿(又稱正覺禪林)、弘仁殿、觀音閣等4座主要建築。石獅鎮門、飛檐凌空,是一座富有中國文化特色的古建築。

經過廟門及花崗石牌坊,便是庭院,循着山麓的石階小徑,拾級而上,即可抵達建於巉岩巨石間、就石窟鑿成的弘仁殿。殿内四壁,雕刻着海魔神將,色彩斑斕,中央供奉天后。自弘仁殿至觀音閣,沿着山崖有不少石刻,或為名流政要詠題,或為騷人墨客遣興,楷草篆隸,諸體俱備。觀音閣位於廟之最高處,供奉觀音菩薩。

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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