Classified Immovable Properties

    MM034-Camões Grotto

    Location: Macao

    Category: Monuments

    Introduction: Inside Camões Park

    The Camões Grotto is formed by three large stone slabs. It is believed that this is the former home of the renowned Portuguese poet Luís de Camões (1524-1580), who lived in Macao for two years during the mid-16th Century, a place where he finished his famous epic masterpiece Os Lusíadas in this grotto during his stay. With a patronage of 600 francs from Lourenço Marques, a wealthy Macanese merchant and the son in law of Manuel Pereira, the grotto was renovated in 1849, placed the original sculptural bust of the poet inside the grotto since. A pavilion was also built on top of the grotto for people to climb high and gaze far. In 1866, the grotto was badly destroyed and the pavilion was no longer existed. The sculptural portrait of the poet was recast in bronze and the bronze bust has been preserved until nowadays.

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