UNFORGETTABLE DAYS IN MACAU
In Macau there are a lot of wonderful monuments, architectural masterpieces, historical sites, parks and squares where fun holidays and cultural festivals take place. Will you come here for a two-week vacation or just look at the weekend – you will have the opportunity to look at famous sights, admire the local gardens, as well as get acquainted with local cuisine, go shopping and listen to good music.
Historical center and surroundings
If you come to Macau, a great way to join the history of the unique city-monument, and to say that you saw in it the main thing – a walk through the historic center of Macau. This is the area that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. More than 20 attractions, museums and squares in the heart of the city, commonly known as the “Historical Center of Macau”, entered this route.
Nearby is the old street of Rua da Felisidad with an interesting history. In the distant past – the local Red Light District, Rua-da-Felisidad has become a popular gastronomic oasis with excellent restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes. Traditional Chinese cuisine here is unmatched.
Perhaps the most famous architectural monument in the center of Macau – the ruins of the Church of St. Paul. They are named after the old College of St. Paul, which was built in Macau in the seventeenth century. In terms of education, the College corresponded to the best European universities. The pearl of this architectural monument is the famous facade of the ancient Cathedral of Our Lady, richly decorated with various relief symbols. Here we will see Japanese chrysanthemums, Chinese characters, and a Portuguese ship, as well as bronze statues of Christ, his disciples, and much, much more. The ruins of St. Paul’s Church are the most vivid examples of cultural interweaving of Western and Eastern cultures in the history of Macau. It will be useful to know that restoration works are underway on the ruins, but access to the façade is open to anyone who wants to take a picture of it.
Not far from the ruins is the Macau Museum, which is open right in the ancient fort of Fort Monte. It was built with the participation of the Jesuits, almost simultaneously with the Cathedral of St. Paul and was the main military fortress of the city for almost three centuries. The Macau Museum is located on two underground floors. Another level of exposure is in the citadel itself. The exposition is devoted to the history and culture of the region and perfectly demonstrates how the diverse ethnic and cultural communities of the city have lived together for centuries.
Walking around Macau, you will see masterpieces of modern and ancient architecture, appreciate the talent of local musicians and listen to your own creative abilities.
In some parts of the city, you suddenly feel like in Europe: for example, the Fisherman’s Wharf. Beautiful mansions, which in elegance are not inferior to those of European classicism, are slumbering along the embankment. From the harbor offers a wonderful view of the bay – here you can take photos for memory, breathe in the fresh sea wind and, of course, have lunch. The friendly harbor is famous for its taverns and restaurants. The promenade along the embankment will smoothly turn into visiting museums and exhibitions: from a distance you will see the asymmetric architectural design of the Macau Science Center, where, in addition to the main exhibition, you can visit the planetarium and take part in interactive tours (with special 3D glasses in the planetarium and other innovations).
If you like musical performances, take a look at the Cultural Center: it cooperates with the best theatrical groups of the world and is famous, in particular, for its musicals. By the way, this year Macau is hosting a musical celebrity, opera singer Placido Domingo, as part of his triumphant world tour takes place here.
Do not forget about the Museum of Modern Art, where exhibitions and performances are constantly held. The highlight of this walk is the amazing Kun Yam, a cultural ecumenical center. The colossal radiant statue of Kun Yam in bronze rests on white, like a lotus flower, the main building. The center contains a large library of books and manuscripts devoted to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
The originality of Macau lies in the subtle interweaving of Eastern and European civilizations and their harmonious coexistence together. This creates a distinctive landscape in its beauty, mood and color. For example, the symbolic intersection of Portuguese and Chinese culture is Senade Square. The pavement here is lined with characteristic Portuguese “waves”, and the architecture of the buildings framing the square reminds the Portuguese of a distant homeland, and in the center it beats an elegant fountain. Without Senad Square, it is impossible to imagine city holidays – they fill the local booming air with an atmosphere of celebration and fun.
From the main town square you can easily reach the Church of St. Joseph. It was built in 1758, along with the building of the seminary, which opened in 1728.