Famous for the blending of two cultures that dates to the history of the Portuguese Chinese culture blend and its gambling industry – the city of Macau. Did you know Macau was a former Portuguese colony? Love digging up and exploring history from years ago? We’re going to share some places that still preserve the Portuguese Heritage in Macau that you have to visit!
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Truly a historical building in Macau, this is the original municipal chamber that was built back in 1784. ‘’Leal Senado’’ when translated to English means Loyal Senate. This name came from the title ‘’City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal’’ which was bestowed by Portuguese King D. John IV in 1654. This building used to be the seat of government of Macau when it was still under Portuguese control. The cluster of the buildings around this area remains intact and immaculately preserved. Many tourists recommend that this place is beautiful during sunset. The streets are lit up with romantic yellow lights giving out a beautiful sight to capture images and even experiencing it firsthand.
THE RUINS OF ST PAUL’S
The Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of Macau’s most famous landmarks. It continues to captivate visitors centuries after being constructed initially back in 1640 by Carlo Spinola, a Jesuit priest who travelled to the Far East to spread Catholicism. If you are going to visit The Ruins of St. Paul’s, we strongly suggest you read up beforehand as this will help immerse you into what this used to be years ago. Fun fact – this ruins serve as a critical reminder of Macau’s unique roots. You can read more here. It is in this church where you can find a statue of the baby Jesus Christ together with the Virgin Mary, the Holy Father, and some Holy Saints.
DOM PEDRO V THEATRE
Dom Pedro V Theatre is one of the many places that should be on your list as it is one of the first Western-style theatres in China. It was also used as a refugee shelter during World War II. This theatre is a significant landmark among the local Macanese community. Up till today, it still remains a venue for important public events, especially with a seating capacity of 300 people, it is a perfect venue to host events. Back in 2005, it became one of the designated sites of the Historic Centre of Macau and was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
LUÍS DE CAMÕES GARDEN
Home of the 16th-century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões who wrote his most famous work while sitting in here. It’s a well-known fact that this is the largest park in Macau. The locals also practice tai chi and Chinese Opera here. Something that you should look for here is the statue entitled Embrace. This is a symbol of the long relationship between China and Portugal on the Macau Peninsula. Before going here, don’t forget to carry along your sun protection and wear comfortable walking shoes, to allow you to explore the entire 20,000 square metre park with ease.
- To get to Macau from Hong Kong Airport, you can also board a high-speed ferry at the air terminal’s SkyPier for a 55-minute ride to Macau.
- Entrance to the Luís de Camões Garden is free of charge.
- The easiest way to reach Luís de Camões Garden is to take bus No. 17 to Camões Garden General Station. Several other public buses stop nearby at Camões Square.
- If you go to Senado Square, you would be able to check out multiple other tourist attractions, including the Ruins of St.Paul’s.
Well, that’s all from us this time. We hope your trip to Macau would be fun and insightful, after sharing some helpful tips to take note. Once you’ve booked your flight tickets and hotels, start surveying on your data plans while you travel.
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