Leal Senado Square, Macao
The "Senado" square is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones, created by Portuguese experts.
From the main road to the church of St. Dominic, the pavement extends to the ruins of St. Paul's, making the heart of the city a pedestrian paradise.
More than S. Paulo ruins, this square is, for the Portuguese, the real visual reference of Macao.
This building once housed the Loyal Senate (leal Senado) so named because they refused to accept Spanish authority during the period in which Spain occupied Portugal. Builit in the 18th century it now houses government building and a museum
Senado Square is the centre of the former Portuguese colony It is a beautiful square with Portuguese pavement and Mediterranean and European style architectural buildings. There are boutique shops, restaurants, offices, etc in the square. Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro street is the street through the square all the way to the Ruins of St. Paul's.
The Leal Senado (Loyal Senate) building sits on the eastern edge of Senado Square. Parts of this large white building was completed in 1784. It was the home of the Macau colonial government until 1833, and it still houses the city government today. The building also has a small museum and a public library.
The name "loyal" comes from the fact that the colony remained loyal to the Portuguese crown for the 60 years that Spain controlled Portugal and the king reigned from Brazil (1580-1640).
Leal Senado (Loyal Senate in Portuguese) is located at Senado Square in the heart of Macau. Leal Senado building has been list as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was the seat of Macau government when Macau was a Portuguese colony before 1999. The building was constructed in 1784. It is a fine example of Portuguese architecture in the Far East. Today it is the home of the headquarters of Institiute of Civic and Municipal Affairs and also houses a library.
In the centre of Macau, Avenida Almeida Ribeiro opens out into the Largo do Leal Senado, in which is the impressive old Senate Building, now occupied by the Municipal Council. It is regarded as the finest example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Macau.
The Senate of Macau earned the epithet "leal" ("loyal") when the Portuguese court was obliged by the invading Napoleonic armies to flee to Brazil in 1809 and the Senate supplied it with a warship. The name derives from the title "City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal" which was bestowed by Portuguese King Dom John IV in 1654.
The present building is thought to have been built in 1784 on the site of an older building. The façade was added in 1870, and the whole building was completely restored in 1939-40. From 1585 to 1835 the Senate played an extremely important role in Macau's contacts with the rest of China.
On the first floor are the Council Chamber, with rich wood panelling, and the Senate or National Library, with more than 50,000 volumes and manuscripts, including many valuable books up to 500 years old. The artistic wood-carvings in the library are reproductions of the carvings in the famous Old Library of Coimbra in Portugal.
Gallery open: 9am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
I am the type of person who can just sit there and people watch or just absorb the place. This place is perfect. There are so many people going to and fro...plus the place was great.. it was like going int Europe!
Senado Square has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries, and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. Located close to the former Senate building, Sam Kai Vui Kun is also a reminder of the active participation of the local Chinese community in general civic affairs, providing a clear example of the multicultural dimension of the Macao community. The square is surrounded by pastel-coloured neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere.
This gorgeous, white building located in Largo do Senado was the seat of Macau's government during its time as a Portuguese colony. The architexture is unmistakeably European, making you feel as though you are strolling along the Mediterranean rather than Asia.
Senado Square is the heart of the city and should be your first stop in Macau. The Square is home to gorgeous architecture, the first Western-style hospital in Asia, churches, numerous restuarants and bakeries, lots of shopping, and perhaps the best photo opportunities in Macau. Here Macau's European influence is most evident. An afternoon or evening is easily spent wandering through shops (or stalls on the side streets), museums, and St. Dominic's Cathedral. Local and Chinese cuisine are found at numerous restaurants, or you can opt for Starbucks, McDonalds or Pizza Hut (a really nice one, just down the street).
Actually this tip refers to the whole shopping area between St Paul Ruins and Senado Square. Lots of local specialties to buy here. I felt that the "Bak Kwa" (barbecued meat) was nicer than those found in Singapore. Less charred and thicker. We tasted the peanut candy which was soft and nice although i suspect it will become hard after some time. The other specialties which everyone seemed to go crazy after were the almond cookies which i personally didnt like. It makes relatively cheap and good presents for the office though. Other than food, the square itself has nothing much to see. Just looks and feels like a made up olden european street kind of thing.
You will find yourself in the Senate Square as soon as you stand on the wave-patterned stone mosaic – created from Portuguese experts – which extends from Senate Square to St.Paul’s.
The square has been the civic hub of Macau for centuries, is now also a pedestrian area with lots of cafés, trees, benches and an elegant fountain. On this square are also located the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and the Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa de Misericórdia).
The heart of Macanese Tourism. Here, you can shop, eat and rest. You'll find boutiques, pharmacies, restaurants, post office, souvenir shops, church etc all squeezed into this little square. The swirling tiled pathway and the grand Iberian style of architecture give a nice and sophiscated European feel to the overall image of the location.
This is the Leal Senado Square!! I think it is definitely the prettiest part of Macau...(that we saw anyway)
It is really nice with all the colourful buildings and cobblestone paths. I also loved St Dominic's Church which was huge and very pretty...
Leal Senado Square is 3700m long. It is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones, created by Portuguese experts. The most outstanding building on the square is the Provisional Municipal Council of Macau. It was built in 1784. It is one of the best examples of traditional Portuguese architecture in Macau.