Senado Square

The Leal Senado Square, which means “Loyal Senate” square, is Macau’s central site for business and cultural events. This tourist favorite that is located at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro was built in 1784 and has since served as the focal point of urban Macau.

Celebrations, public programs, and cultural performances turn this piazza’s nightlife into revelry with festive lights and energizing music.

Equally appealing are the architectural designs of the long-standing buildings. Most of the breathtaking architecture in the Senado Square – such as the main Leal Senado building, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau building, and the Santa Casa de Misericordia – are of neoclassical influence.

The main senate building, which is the main attraction at the square, still flaunts its primary 18th century interior layout. The structure also features a courtyard garden at the backend, a conference room, an indoor chapel, and a library whose design was inspired by Portugal’s elegant Mafra Convent library.

Guia Fortress

Macau is not only a hotspot for cultural attractions and heritage sites but also a showcase of destinations that reveal the country’s military and missionary history. One of the most famous forts in the country is the Guia Fortress, which was a confined military zone since March1638 until it was opened to the public in 1976.

Accessible through an hour-long trek, this old stone fort offers a glimpse of Macau’s aged military establishment as well as a stunning hilltop view of the whole Macau Peninsula.

Once the bastion of maritime and military missions, the Guia Fortress is heavily charged with old operation facilities and equipment such as guardhouses, watchtowers, battle arsenals, and ammunition storehouses.

The fort also features the Guia Chapel founded by the former occupants of the site, the Clarist nuns.

The white chapel with light yellowish cream linings is of European and Chinese influences, with a smooth blend of religious and mythical-themed decorations.

Beside the chapel stands the Guia Lighthouse, which, being a structure built in 1865, holds the record as the very first contemporary lighthouse created on the South China Sea shoreline territory.

Fisherman’s Wharf

A trip to Macau would simply be incomplete without a visit to the Fisherman’s Wharf, the first ever theme park in the country located at the Macau Peninsula.

The wharf, also known as Macau’s Xanadu, is the perfect destination for family-oriented entertainment. The complex is teeming with features resembling several world-renowned international tourist destinations, a dynamic nightlife district, a lavish 72-room hotel, fine dining restaurants, children-oriented rides and shows, and a wide range of shops and stores from the biggest brands in Hongkong.

The compound also boasts of a blaze-venting 40-meter-high volcano, the first and only in the country. The best part is that admission to the Fisherman’s Wharf is absolutely free of charge.

The complex is strategically subdivided into three wharfs of varying themes for different kinds of entertainment: the Dynasty Wharf, which captures the rich Chinese history and customs; the East Meets West, which features European-inspired amusement and leisure parks; and the Legend Wharf, which displays the most celebrated international attractions as well as modern-day high-tech centers.

Section of the Old City Walls

A major tourist attraction near the Ruins of St. Paul and Na Tcha Temple is the surviving section of the old defensive military wall constructed by the Portuguese in 1569. This wall was built in Macau in an attempt to thwart foreign attacks against the domain.

The remains of the defensive wall measures 18.5 meters in length and 5.6 meters in height.

The wall was constructed using multiple compact layers of a sturdy mixture called chunambo, which consists of clay, sand, rice chaff, firm boulder pieces, and seashells.

This remnant of the old city walls is still widely considered in Macau as a significant token of their resonant military and cultural history.

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library

Apart from its historical, cultural, and military heritage, Macau also offers unique attractions that bear a social significance to the Macanese community. One of these is the gigantic mansion turned into public library located along the Santo Agostinho Square (St. Agustin Square).

The Sir Robert Ho Tung Library was originally the home of Dona Carolina Cunha, which was later purchased by Hongkong entrepreneur Sir Robert Ho Tung in 1918.

This sophisticated mansion served as the businessman’s retreat home until he passed away in 1955. The stylish three-storey structure was then offered to the Macanese government and transformed into a public library in 1958 in accordance with his last will.

From the exterior, the library appears to be an exquisite mansion with an urbane white-lined yellow façade protected by elaborate metal gates. Inside, the public library houses ancient records, literatures, and books.

In 2005, the Macanese government built a new four-storey structure, which now displays a collection of children books and an array of books on different fields and disciplines. The public library also features special divisions for language learning and video watching, among others.

 

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