Na Tcha Temple of the Centre of Macau

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Coordinates: 22°11′52″N 113°32′26″E / 22.19778°N 113.54056°E / 22.19778; 113.54056

The Na Tcha Temple

The Na Tcha Temple (Portuguese: Templo Na Tcha; Chinese: 大三巴哪吒廟), built in 1888, is a Chinese folk religion temple in Macau, China dedicated to the worship of the deity Na Tcha.

The Na Tcha Temple was built in homage to the child god of war. It is believed that it was built to put an end to the plague ravaging the region during that time.[1]

The small traditional Chinese temple is a simple, single chamber building measuring 8.4 meters (28 ft) long and 4.51 meters (14.8 ft) wide. The entrance porch opens to the temple building measuring 5 meters (16 ft) in depth. The building is painted gray, with few ornamentations, except for paintings on walls under the entrance porch. The temple's roof, rising five meters, is of the traditional yingshan style. True to traditional Chinese architecture, the Na Tcha has protective ceramic animal figures on its ridge.[2]

Na Tcha Temple is located behind the Ruins of St. Paul's, remains of a principal Jesuit cathedral in the region, serving as one of the best examples of Macau's multicultural identity. In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Na Tcha Temple as seen from under old city wall.

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  1. ^ "Na Tcha Temple". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Macao Heritages (19) Na Tcha Temple". Cultural China. Retrieved 19 July 2013.