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10 Patacas 2001, Macau

in Krause book Number: 101a
Years of issue: 08.01.2001
Edition: --
Signatures: Unknown signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 08.01.2001
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 138 х 69
Printer: Joh. Enschede Security Printing BV, Haarlem

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10 Patacas 2001

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Lotus flower. Security thread.

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10 Patacas 2001

Farol de GuiaOn the right side is Farol de Guia (lighthouse).

At the 94 meter Guia hill, on the Macau Peninsula, about 1637, the Portuguese built a fort for protection against the Dutch. In addition, around 1622, near was built a traditional Portuguese chapel. During the renovation of the chapel in 1996-2001, were found numerous frescoes with biblical scenes. This, apparently, local artists painted pictures that are adorned with typical Chinese lions and clouds. Such stories are often found in Macau, they combine European and Oriental culture. Area fort ammunition depots, outposts and watchtowers was a military facility until 1976, but is currently available for tourists.

In 1864, in the vicinity of the chapel was laid the first lighthouse on the Chinese coast. Since 1865, it is still in operation. Two-storey white tower, about 15 feet tall, is still a popular landmark sign of Macau. Lighthouse has a diameter about 7 meters in the ground. His current position is 113° 35' East longitude and 21° 11' North latitude. Originally, the light was created by kerosene lamp, that was installed and spun on a wooden wheel with a rope. To the lamp goes a spiral staircase. Tower architect, Carlos Vicente da Rocha, was half Portuguese and local. In 1874 the lighthouse was damaged by a typhoon and failed for 30 years. After a long repair and installation of new lighting and reflectors, the lighthouse again began operations on June 20, 1910. The hill, on which the lighthouse stands, is the highest point in Macau, and it extends a good view of the entire city.

Denominations in numerals are in top and lower left corners, also in lower right corner. Centered in words.

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10 Patacas 2001

Bank of ChinaBank of China in Macau is centered, left. The building is a 38-story skyscraper (163 m.), was built in 1991. That was the highest building in world, constructed in 1990s.

Denomination in numeral is in top left corner. Lower right are in numeral and in words.

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