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1629 The ho­tel oc­cu­pies an im­por­tant build­ing in Ma­cau. It was con­structed as a fortress by the Por­tuguese in the early 17th cen­tury to de­fend the colony against hos­tile Euro­pean na­tions and lo­cal pi­rates.

In the early 17th cen­tury, the city’s gov­er­nor or­dered a se­ries of forts to be built to de­fend the har­bor from seaward ap­proaches. Named the For­taleza de Barra, work be­gan in 1616 and the build­ing was com­pleted in 1629. It com­prised 51,000 square feet for the army cap­tain and 60 men, can­non em­place­ments, a cis­tern hold­ing 3,000 tons of wa­ter, mu­ni­tions, food sup­plies, and a guard­room. In 1978 it was de­cided to trans­form the ru­ins into a ho­tel, which sub­se­quently opened in 1981.

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