Senado Square

Senado Square is located in the heart of Macau’s historic district. Its distinctive wavy yellow and black cobblestone mosaic pavement is one of the most photographed sights in historic Macau. Senado Square is lined with colonial buildings, and it is one of the best places in the city to glimpse Macau’s uniquely mixed Portuguese-Chinese culture and its history.

Senado Square - St. Dominic's Church
Senado Square - St. Dominic's Church

St Dominics Church Macau is one of the most prominent sights in Senado Square. The cheerful yellow church was built in the 16th century in the style of Spanish Dominican churches. It continues to hold services and is a fully operational Catholic Church. Inside, colorful statues, icons, and murals adorn the chapel and the walls. On the third floor of St Dominics Church Macau, a small museum showcases various pieces of art and explains the history of the Catholic Church in Asia. Walking north from St Dominics Church will lead you along the pedestrian walkway towards St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the most iconic Macau attractions.

Around Senado Square are many colonial-style buildings housing small boutiques and shops selling local snacks and souvenirs. The fountain in the middle of the square is an excellent place to meet up with friends or to sit down for a snack of Chinese food while admiring the classically-styled Senate Building (although you aren’t allowed to enter the Senate Building). Be sure to check out the historic General Post Office at the corner of Senado Square. Inside, you can mail a postcard or pick up a few commemorative stamps.

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