Leal Senado, Macao

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    Leal Senado Building

    by machomikemd Written Oct 7, 2014

    Built in 1784, this Old Colonial Macanese Portugues Building housed the Municipal Offices of the Portuguese Enclave of Macau and is situated just across the street from the Leal Senado Square. It was given the Name by the Previous Portuguese King Joao IV to commemerate the Dissultion of the Iberian Union from the Hapsburgs in 1640, where portugal became a separate Kingdom after the 60 year Union. This two storey building is now named as Instituto Para os Assuntos Civicos e Municipais and it houses Grand Hall, a chapel, a conference room, a cultural affairs library, a gallery for various cultural events and an inner courtyard with a fountain, several statues and a garden.

    Admission is free

    Opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
    Sundays: closed

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    Leal Senado Square

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 6, 2014

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    historic center of Macau is The Leal Senado, a Unesco World Heritage Site!

    Leal Senade Square is the 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.

    the square municipal hall
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    Leal Senado Square

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    Leal Senado Square is the name of this square right in the very centre of Macao. "Leal Senado" is the portugese translation for Legal Senate so the white building there in my main Picture was the seat of the portugese government there as long as Macao used to be a portugese colony untill 1999.
    After 1999 it became the "Institute of Civic & Municipal Affairs"

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    Highlight of Macau: Senado Square

    by chuck_taylor Written Dec 27, 2007

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    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!

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    The Leal Senado Square - the centre of Macau.

    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    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.

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    The Leal Senado's garden

    by MarioPortugal Written Aug 12, 2007

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    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.

    The bust of Cam��es, Portugal's greatest poet. Portugal's Coat of Arms
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    The Leal Senado building

    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    ------ on wikipedia ------
    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).

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