Senate Square - Largo do Senado, Macao

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    Largo do Senado

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Small alley near Largo do Senado

    This is an amazing central shopping area of the city that looks almost like a Mediterranean Europe town. The old three and four-story multi-colored buildings abut a beautiful square. The streets here are paved a unique pattern of yellows and browns in interlocking brick arches.

    Largo do Senado is Portuguese for Senate Square which is named after the Leal Senado. Leal Senado is Macau's Senate building, the Portuguese house of government for the colony.

    No motorized vehicles are allowed in this area, making it perfect for an afternoon stroll!

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    Senate Square

    by aramat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Senate Square

    The Senate Square is a nice central square, surrounded by beautifully renovated buildings, paved by mosaic tyles in a wave pattern, with a fountain in the middle. Short, it's a great place, with one major shortcoming: there are no terraces, cafes, places to sit down AND have a drink (there are benches around the square). Maybe it's just my disappointment, but I had read about the place, and as I was walking around in the heat, I was very much looking forward to arriving to the beautiful Senate Square and collapse there on a terrace with a cold drink (but I had to go as far as the Monte Fort to find a nice little cafe). Otherwise, it's a fantastic square.

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    Largo do Senado

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 10, 2008

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    Senado (Senate) Square has been Macau's urban centre for centuries and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. The square is surrounded by pastel-coloured neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere. It's nice to just sit by the fountain and watch the tourists and locals pass by.

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    Largo Senado (Leal Senade Square)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 3, 2007

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    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.

    By the way, it is a bad idea to buy at the antiques shops close to St. Paul's because you will be paying through your nose by about 100 percent.

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  • Largo do Senado

    by jlcurtis287 Written Jun 23, 2007

    Stroll around historical Macau downtown in Largo do Senado (Senate Square). The stunning reminder of Macau's Portuguese past, the square is the main hang-out for both locals and tourists, with plenty of stores and cafes to stroll about while marveling at the beautiful architecture.

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    Visit the Largo do Senado

    by bsfreeloader Updated Mar 31, 2007
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    The heart of Macau’s colonial district, the lovely Largo do Senado is a wonderful place to people watch and while away the time. Serviced by many of the city buses, it also serves as a good starting point for taking a walking tour of the colonial district.

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    Walking through Largo do Senado or Senado Square

    by morgagni Written May 1, 2006

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    Bordered by the former Senate building, Santa Casa de Misericordia, the former Post Office, and other pastel colored colonial buildings, and lined by cobblestones, the square's features are undeniably European.

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    Enjoy the Largo do Senado Square

    by peerapa Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Taz @ Senado Square

    Senado Square's the places where you can enjoy shopping and easy to find some food.

    It 's the starting point go to the Church of St. Dominic and the way to the ruins of St. Paul.This is also the situation of the main Postal Office (GPO) too ;)

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    Senate Square

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

    The 3700m2, Largo do 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.

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    Largo do Senado

    by acemj Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Macao's Portuguese influence is obvious when you stroll around and see the architecture and public spaces like this square. It was actually the earliest European colony in the Far East having been colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999, but retains most of its autonomy when it comes to economic and political issues.

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    Largo de Senado

    by Smruti Updated Jan 13, 2003
    i love these lines

    the Largo de Senado is a cobblestoned street that is traffic-free and full of people enjoying the sun, shopping like mad, or eating at one of the many tea shops, dim sum restaurants, or at the one and only Starbuck's in Macau. The ground is of a mosaic style, inlaid with sweeping sinous black curves-kinda makes me think of what architecture in Barcelona must look like

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    Largo Senado or Senate Square...

    by lihue Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Largo Senado or Senate Square is a wave-like pavement that was created by Portuguese experts in a traditional style found in many parts of Southern Europe. The Square features a fountain in the shape of a sphere, along with monumental plants and benches. Vehicles are not allowed in the area, but bicycles and light vehicles are exempted.
    Chinese temples are typically constructed on the most sacred site as according to feng shui, a geometric system followed by most Chinese.

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  • Largo de Senado Square

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This is a huge pedestrian mall that is laid out with a wave-like pattern on the ground. You can see the big picture of this on the main Macau page. Also here is Leal Senado, the historic senate building, which you can of course take a picture of, like me! :) Wander around this square, though... there are some interesting things, plus a couple street vendors. It's really a nice location in the middle of the city!

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    Largo Senado

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 22, 2009

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    This main square of Colonial Macua, this is also the center of tourism in Macua. Most of the Colonial sights are within easy walking distance of here.

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    Largo do Senado

    by vincentf Updated Aug 29, 2006
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    This is the main square of Macau which is surrounded by European architectural buildings. Many tourists take snapshots of this area due to its European ambience in Asia.

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