Built in 1874 on the slope of Barra Hill, this building was constructed to accommodate an Indian regiment from Goa appointed to reinforce Macao’s police force. This building is a clear reminder of Macao’s close links with Goa and their rank as sister cities in Portuguese history.
The Moorish Barracks is a brick and stone neo-classical structure with Mughal influences standing on a raised granite platform above the street. To the rear the construction has two floors, while the rest of the building is only one storey high. Spacious 4-metre-wide verandas with pointed arches run along all sides of the building except that facing Barra Hill. They enhance the surrounding views in what is also a perfect response to the local climate. The three-tier decorations in between the arches and the arrangement of the square and pointed ornaments on the parapet walls resemble mosaics and have a beautiful, subtle rhythm. The building is painted light yellow, with most of the details picked out in white. The huge granite-bearing wall below contrasts with the light painted plaster walls above in texture and colour.