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Macao Things to Do

  • Ruins of St Paul's

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    The Ruins of St. Paul's consist of the façade of the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral was built by the Portugese in the 17th century and it was dedicated to the apostle St. Paul. It is now the most famous landmark of Macau and was listed as World Heritage in 2005. The cathedral was built by the Jesuit monks from 1582 to 1602 and was the...

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  • Ruins of St. Paul

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    This monument is the most recognizable icon of Macua. The church built in the 17th century this was once considered the greatest christian church in Asia. The structure burnt down in 1835, leaving the facade you see today. Although the site has its charm, its hard to understand how this and not some of the existing very ornate churches like St...

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  • Leal Senado

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    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...

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  • Leal Senado Square

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    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

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

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    The Macau Fisherman's Wharf is the first theme park in Macau. It is located in the Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong- Macau Ferry Pier. it was the first place I've been to in Macau after I passed the customs. I don't recommend buying anything from the stores there as its way overprices but it's an interesting place, I really enjoyed my time there...

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  • Tower

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    Seen from almost everywhere in Macao, this new tower is the sign of the technical development in the recent years. For those with strong heart, the "Skywalk" in the outer rim, the tallest in the world, is quite a challenge. Going up is expensive, but it provides the best views in the territory.

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  • Mount Fortress - Fortaleza do Monte

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    The fort was built on the Mount of St. Paul and was the military centre of the then Portugese colony - Fortaleza do Monte (Mount Fortress). It was built in the 16th century to protect the colony of the Jesuits and later became the military defence of Macau. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage Site of the 'Historic Centre of Macau' The...

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  • Senate Square - Largo do Senado

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    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...

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  • Tower

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    Macau Sky Tower is a telecommunication tower. It is 338m high and the observation deck is at 233m. The tower is known for its outdoor Skywalk - a walking tour around the outer rim. It is also the home of one of A J Hackett's bungee jump sites - the highest in the world. The observation deck also features areas of glass floor. The Macau Sky Tower...

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  • Museum of Art

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    The new Macau museum is located inside the fort, close to São Paulo ruins. The historic area around the ruins is the best place to see and to buy art and historic crafts, even inside some classified buildings.

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  • Golden Lotus Square

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    The Golden Lotus Square in the former Portuguese colony of Macau is a large open area featuring a sculpture of a large Lotus flower - the emblem of Macau. It was given as a gift by the State Council of the People's Republic of China in 1999 marking the transfer of the sovereignty of Macau from Portugal to the People's Republic of China. The...

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  • Maritime Museum

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    The Maritime Museum was opened to the public in 1987 and was first located in a green two-storey building next to the A-Ma Temple. The collections increased and a new exhibition hall was built and opened in June 1990. The exhibitions in the three-storey building focus on the maritime activities of Macau, China and Portugal. Collections are divided...

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  • A-Ma Temple

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    A-Ma Temple is located on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula. Built in 1488, it is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Macau. Tthe temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. The first Portugese sailors landed on the coast near the temple and on asking the name of the peninnsula were told Maa Gao, the name...

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  • Lou Lim Loc Garden

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    Lou Lim Leoc garden is a famous Chinese garden in Macau. It was a residence and garden of a wealthy Chinese merchant named Lou Kau in the 19th century. It inherited by his son, Lou Lim Leoc in 1906. Due to the family's fortune declines, it was sold to the government in 1974. The government has restored the park as an attraction till today. This...

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  • Hotel Lisboa

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    This is definitely a must see, because it has been features in novels, films etc. It's just famous. In the reception area there is like a little museum with carved artworks of jade etc. The toilets are also nice to visit.

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  • Monte Fort

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    Beside Sao Paulo Cathedral is another large fortress--called Monte Fort--that offers breathtaking views of the cathedral, downtown, and China. This is Macau's largest fort and was constructed way back in 1616. Today, instead of soldiers, the fort houses the Macau Museum (opened in 1998) and a small gift shop along with some pretty flower gardens.

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  • A-Ma Temple

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    Older than Portuguese colonization, "A Ma" temple was accepted by the Portuguese, and respected as a reference of Chinese culture and religion. Several pavilions climbing a steep hill are dedicated to different deities, attracting lots of Chinese devotes to ceremonies hard to understand by westerns.

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  • Casino

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    The most outstanding construction in Macao is this new casino. Very colourful, with a very odd shape and enormous dimensions, it can be seen from everywhere. We didn't enter (it was about to be finished when we were there) but... I didn't like it. In the aggression to the simplicity and historic authenticity of the city created by the boom of big...

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  • The Cathedral

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    A small wooden shrine from the 17Th century, was hundred years later transformed in a stone church, once again replaced by the actual building in 1937. Discreet in the city, it has a beautiful decoration and it is one of the classified monuments that make Macao human heritage for UNESCO.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

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    take a walk around Fisherman's Wharf, a place you should never miss in your stay in Macau. What more, entrance is FREE. Nice view for taking pictures. Restaurants, bars and coffee shops are just around. Also nice to go at night when all the lights are on.

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  • Kun Lam Statue

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    The Kun Iam statue, 20 meters high, was founded in a famous foundry in Nanjing, China and was transported to the Center in Macau to be set-up. During it’s production, the Architect and the team workers amplified and modified the Kun Iam statue several times

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  • Mount Fortress - Fortaleza do Monte

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    Fortaleza de Monte must have had a military significance taken advantage of once or twice. Nowadays it is all about leisure. Superb views as much as they are possible in the contemporary smog are available on all sides; the casino monsters versus the apartment blocks alternating with bits of sea and hills in an incessant statement of overcrowding...

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  • Wine Museum

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    Located in the same building as the Grand Prix Museum, the Wine Museum offers an interesting and educational look into the history and process of--predominantly Portuguese--winemaking. Even the children found it interesting. For the casual wine enthusiast (especially with kids in tow), 30-45 minutes is plenty for this museum, but well worth the...

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  • Guia Fort

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    Guia, one of Macao's hills, is topped by a fortress with two important Portuguese constructions - the lighthouse and a chapel. The lighthouse was one of the first to be built in eastern world, in 1622, but the actual one is the result of a reconstruction in 1864. The chapel was built also in 1622, and it is a modest construction where recently...

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  • Lotus Square

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    The large sculpture of "Lotus Flower In Full Bloom" presented by the State Council of China in 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macau. HongKong also has the same kind of return lotus which built in 1997.

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  • The Taipa Houses Museum

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    This is my favorite place to visit in Taipa, Macau. There are 5 typical green houses with Macaunese architectural styles. The two houses to the east are used for receptions and special exhibitions, the other three houses to the west permanent collections. They were the residence of high superiors and rich macanese families. This museum is opened to...

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  • Grand Prix Museum

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    Macau is famous for its Formula 3 Grand Prix, so it's little wonder that the city should be home to the Grand Prix Museum. The museum traces the history of racing in Macau and offers an interesting glimpse into the racing world. The Grand Prix Museum features antique and late-model cars, memorabilia, motorcycles, multimedia presentations,...

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  • Museum of Sacred Art

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    The Treasury of Sacred Art is housed at the back of St Dominic's Church in the bell tower at the back of the building. It exhibits an Aladdin's Cave of ecclesiastical art and liturgical plates over three floors. Open: 10am-6pm.

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  • Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple

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    This small temple is located close to the old Chinese Bazaar area, which nowadays functions as St. Dominic's Market. It was built in 1860 in a predominantly western-style of architecture which illustrates the harmonious coexistence of western and Chinese cultures. Open: 8am-6pm.

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  • St Anthony's Church

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    This church stands on the site of a chapel founded in 1558, the first to be built in Macau. The history of the present building is explained on a plaque by the door: "Built in 1638. Burnt in 1809. Rebuilt in 1810. Burnt again in 1874. Repaired in 1875". However, there is a cross in the churchyard bearing the date of 1636. Another fire forced to...

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  • St Domingos Church

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    St. Dominic's Church, in Senado's square, dates from the early 17th century. It has an imposing facade of cream-coloured stone with white stucco mouldings and green-shutted windows. Inside, white pillars support a flat ceiling and apron balconies trim the walls. The great baroque altar contains a cream and white statue of the Virgin and Child and...

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  • Camoes Garden

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    It must be a pleasant place to go in a hot day, this shady garden. Supported in a myth (the shipwreck of Camões, the top Portuguese writer of ever, in Macao's coast and his struggle to save the manuscript of "Lusiadas") this garden has a remarkable example of Portuguese cobblestone walkways surrounding Camões statue. Sorry we were there under a...

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  • Flora Garden

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    The largest of Macau's gardens. The main entrance is from Sidónio Pais, through a stone gateway, once the palace guard-house, flanked by a trough and two stone spigots in the shape of Chinese tiger heads. Ahead a straight avenue, lined with tree-shaded benches, leads to the site of the palace, now occupied by an aviary, small zoo with monkeys,...

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  • St. Dominic's Church

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    This church was built by 3 Spanish Dominican priests in 1590. The facade is painted yellow with green wooded doors. In 1644, a military who supported the Spanish against the Portuguese was murdered during mass in the building. In 1707, the Dominicans sided with the Pope against the Macau's bishop in the Rites Controversy. In 1834, the monastic...

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  • Dom Pedro V Theatre

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    This building situated at Largo de Santo Agostinho, it 's one of the first western style theatres in China. Dom Pedro V Theatre was built in 1860 by local Portuguese to commemorate the reign of king, Peter V. The theatre was built in neo classic style. In 1873 it was renovated the main façade included pilasters and a pediment. The theatre was left...

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  • Taipa Village

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    An old town where located Chinese shophouses, Portuguese style old offices, small Chinese temples and church. The town 's well-decorated with flowers and plants.You can enjoy sightseeing by walking along a narrow street.

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  • Chapel of our Lady of Penha

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    The best sightseeing point of Macao before the construction of TV tower was Penha hill, occupied with a chapel built in 1867 in place of a former chapel from the 17th century. Nearby there's a replica of Lourdes cave, and an image of the holy Virgin.

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  • St. Paul's Church

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    Sao Paulo Igreja (St. Paul's Church) was designed by Italian Carlo Spinola and built from 1620-1627 by exiled Japanese Christians. It's massive size gives some idea of the former glory of both Macau and St. Paul's. The church is considered one of the greatest monuments to Christianity in Asia. Unfortunately, this great cathedral was destroyed by...

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  • Façade of St. Paul´s Church

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    Undisputable highlight (easy money made in a casino not in the ranking) of Old Macao is the St. Paul’s church or rather what is left of it. The façade is sticking out on its own as if to proclaim total independence from the fluffy rest and mesmerize the onlooker. Viewed from the front the empty vaults with blue sky enclosed in them give such a...

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  • Penha Hill

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    The first chapel was founded in 1622 by the crew and passengers of a ship which had narrowly escaped capture by the Dutch. The chapel served as a point of pilgrimage for sailors embarking on a hazardous voyage. The chapel was completely rebuilt, along with the Bishop?Πs Palace in 1837. It is open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

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  • St Augustine's Church

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    The original church was built by Spainsh Augustinian friars in 1586 and taken over by the Portuguese three years later. The present building dates from 1814 and has a spacious interior with three aisles separated by colonnades. The marble-clad high altar contains a statue of Christ carrying the cross. It is said that when this statue was taken to...

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  • Cemetery of St Michael

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    Chapel of the St. Michael is a small church situated in the middle of St. Michael Cemetery. It is a small hill with landscape catholic cemetery, beautiful and classical European styles cemetery. The Chapel was built in 1875 colored in green and white. It has beautiful stain glass window that allowed natural sunlight from outside. Don't miss...

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  • Bishops Hill Redux

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    Built on top Colina da Penha or Penha Hill, also known as Bishop Hill because of the Bishop Residence, is a Chapel of Our Lady of Penha which was first built in 1622. The first chapel was erected by the crew and passengers of a ship which had a narrow escape from the Dutch. Later the chapel served as shrine for sailors embarking on often hazardous...

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  • Church of San Dominic

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    The full name is Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of the Old Convent of Saint Dominic, but it is know as Mui Guai Tong (Rose Temple) in Chinese. The Portuguese Dominicans built the Church of S. Domingos (St. Dominic's) during the decade of 1590. The Museum of the Church of S. Domingos (Treasure of Sacred Art) is now located in the...

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  • Guía Hill - Colina da Guía

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    There's a fortress, a lighthouse and a pleasant park area on this hill overlooking the harbour. If you're lucky there is a cable car to take you up there as well, not working the day we chose to visit, not difficult to wlak up though. Enjoyed the free gym equipment to play on as well.

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