Camoes Grotto and Gardens were founded in memory of the famous 16th century Portuguese poet, Luis de Camoes. Legend has it that Camoes wrote his epic Os Lusiadas by the rocks in Macau and a bust of the poet stands in the gardens today. After the British moved out in 1835, it was bought over by a Portuguese merchant, who later built his resident house there. The merchant adored raising doves and his hundreds of doves always hovered near the garden, forming a marvelous scene famous near and far. After the death of the merchant, the garden was donated to the government and later opened to public as a memorial garden dedicated to Louis de Camoes, a famous Portuguese poet who lived four hundred years ago. Hence the name Camoes Garden.
The gardens cover a large area but are delightful for relaxing and walking. After riling the court officials, Camoes was exiled to Macau and lived in this cave where later he finished the national epic Os Lusiadas. In 1849, a bust of Camoes was installed in this grotto by the Portuguese merchant. Behind the grotto, paths lead up to a wooded hill and a belvedere where stone tables and seats were installed for people to have a rest.
At the far end of the garden is a fountain that contains a bronze sculpture entitled "Embrace", specially made to symbolize the centuries' old friendship between Portugal and China.
How to get there: Take bus No.17 from the Lisboa Hotel.
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