One of the special administrative regions of China, Macau is a former Portuguese Colony. Rented out in 1557 to Portuguese traders by the Chinese Empire, it was a thriving city that functioned as a port. However in 1887, Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire and was handed back to China only in 1999. A strong blend of both Chinese and Portugal culture has created a unique set of festivals, culture and holidays in Macau.
Standing as a reminder of this distinct past is the architecture of Macau. Largo do Senado is one such piece. Known of The Square of the Senate, it is mosaic cobles and majestic buildings. Part of the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ it is protected with great care, along with most of the remaining Portuguese buildings that are all clustered around Largo de Senado and provide you a perfect way to travel back in time.
Standing at the fountain in the middle of the square, you will be surrounded by all these wonderful buildings on all sides. Leal Senado is in the heart of these marvels, once the Loyal Senate, this is where the Portuguese burned midnight oil and spent most part of their day as well, plotting on how to takeover South Asia. With its white walls, pretty green windows and wrought iron balconies softened with sprays of flower and tender vines, Leal Senado seems way too romantic for its original purpose.
On the north western end of Largo do Senado is the St. Dominic’s Church. Walk a little further you come across the 16th century ruins of a once impressive church that is believed to be one of the foremost churches during Christianity’s early spread in Asia. St. Paul’s still stands tall though even though most of it was destroyed by a fire in 1835.
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