historic center of Macau, a Unesco World Heritage Site!
Leal Senade Square is the focal point and shopping center of Macau. The streets are paved with cobblestone in traditional Portuguese pattern and surrounded by colonial style buildings.
Senado Square has always been the city centre. In the past, this was where the governors inspected military troops and the police force when they took up their posts.Continuous waves of events are held here through-out the year. A must stop in Macau; a lot of tours make this the starting point.
The Leal Senado building St. Dominic Church and the main Postal Office is located here; Largo do São Domingos was named after St. Dominic’s Church and connects Rua de São Domingos, Travessa do Soriano and Largo do Senado. It is a prosperous zone for business and cultural activities alike.
Most of the buildings around Largo do Leal Senado are neoclassical in style and some are Classified Monuments or Classified Buildings of Architectural Interest including the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau Building, the Post Office Building and the Santa Casa da Misericórdia.you'll find a lot of bargains as well. The square is especially picturesque at night and during the holidays. Be sure to take notice of all the great architectures here. A favorite spot among locals and tourists.
I really enjoyed this part of my Macau trip, I definitely felt like moving here because of this area. It was specially nice because of all the Christmas decor put up, plus the cool weather during December was the perfect combination!
Located in downtown Macau, the Leal Senado Square is arguably the most popular site for wandering around.
Both locals and visitors walk around, seat on the nearby benches, grab a happy meal a the nearby MacDonald's and have a coffee at Starbucks.
I classified this square as the central point of Macau.
Visitors may visit Leal Senado's private garden.
Besides a bust of Luiz Vaz de Camões, Portugal's greatest poet, it's also visible the official Portuguese Coat of Arms craved on stone and located above the fountain on site.
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The Leal Senado, (Portuguese for Loyal Senate), was the seat of Macau's government during its time as a Portuguese colony. It is located at one end of the Senado Square. The title was bestowed on Macau's government in 1810 by Portugal's Prince-Regent João, who would later become King John VI of Portugal. This was a reward for Macau's loyalty to Portugal during the Iberian Union, between 1580 and 1640.
The building itself was erected in 1784.
After the handover of Macau to China in 1999 it became the headquarters of the "Institute of Civic & Municipal Affairs" (Portuguese: Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais).