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(Chinese Aomen, Port. Macau) was founded around 1557 as the “City of the Holy Name of God” at the end of the Pearl River estuary (Canton Bay) and was a territory under Portuguese administration until 1999. Until the founding of Hong Kong in 1842, Macau was a center of East Asian trade, a gate to China, as well as a place of cross-cultural dialogue and of Sino-Lusitanian relations (“Rome of the Far East”). The city consists of the Macau Peninsula and of the islands of Taipa and Coloane, covers an area of 23.5 km2 with a population of about 520,000 (of which 95% are Chinese…

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Malek, Roman, “Macau”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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