The Senado Square, or Senate Square (Chinese: 議事亭前地; Cantonese Yale: Yíh Sih Tìhng Chìhn Deih; Portuguese: Largo do Senado), is a paved town square in Sé, Macau, China and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. It is an elongated triangular shaped square and connects Largo do São Domingos at one end and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro on the other. It covers an area of 3,700 square meters (4,425 square yards)
The square was named after the Leal Senado, a meeting place for the Chinese and Portuguese in the 16th to 18th centuries, located directly in front of the square, where Leal Senado Building stands today. In 1940, a small garden was built at the centre of the square, featuring a bronze statue of Vicente Nicolau de Mesquita standing above a stone pillar pulling out a sword. The statue was pulled down in the 12-3 incident as Mesquita was responsible for the deaths of many Qing Chinese soldiers. A fountain was built at its site and still stands today.
Judy Choong | Jan 25, 2018
Beautiful Portuguese buildings surrounding the square with Chinese shops mixed in the bag. The locals are helpful and can speak Portuguese, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. It is a very crowded place, but some of the public buildings offer a quieter area for you to chill out. Although we didn't experience any problems, we were told to keep our handbags at the front where you can keep an eye on it, but that's like most crowded places in the world, just don't draw attention to yourself.
Andrew McGee | Jan 25, 2018
Get here early and beat the crowds. The shops won't be open but you will be able to walk around easily and get good photos (see mine attached). I suggest before 10am. Come back later if you want to hit the market and shops.
Jonathan Lee | Feb 10, 2018
A gorgeous, bustling square in the middle of Macau. The entrance point to some great walking trails which will take you to the city's landmarks (such as the Ruins of St. Paul's).
Analeah Ricafranca | Feb 21, 2018
It's beautiful. It's always crowded with people. If you like to take pictures please don't be annoyed with the crowd. It's part of the experience and the beauty of the place.
Jieyang Chong | Dec 31, 2017
It's a pretty place. Sure, it's very touristy, but I assume if you're reading this review, you're a tourist too anyway! Strategically speaking, I'd suggest coming here anyway, because it is located near and more-or-less in the middle of a bunch of other sites which are with a visit. Just pick up a walking map -- you'll see what I mean. A tip for like-minded travelers: if you want a taste of local fare, find a side street which runs parallel to, but a few streets away from the main tourist thoroughfare. There are a bunch of them around. Once you start to notice that nobody has a camera and the food outlets have tables and chairs set up under canvas shelters or just out in the open, you've hit jackpot!
Srini Seetharahm | Mar 10, 2018
This is a beautiful part of old Macao. The churches and buildings here are a pleasure to look at and visit. The insides are well taken care of and maintain the dignity and grandeur of their construction.
Kim Chung | Mar 31, 2018
It has a bright look and many shops and people. Main square is open and nice but walking through alleys are fun, too.
Terry Ho | Apr 4, 2018
Always a lively place just hanging around the square will keep you amused for a little while, taking photos here and there, browsing some side Street stands, enjoying some snacks, dairy puddings, pork chop bun/burgers, or some noodles etc, continue on will get you to many other famous Macau monuments.
BonG Tang | Apr 8, 2018
This is one of the top two spots in macau. Here tourist can see a number of magnificent historical buildings built by former Portuguese colony. Also there are some other tourist spots nearby and people can simply walk from the square. whether on morning at night, there are lot of people so it doesn't matter when people will take a picture. The most beautiful in taking a picture is near the fountain. And Ruins Of Saint Paul is just a walking distance from the square.
Aileen Umandap | May 2, 2018
Do not come here during holidays as the place becomes too crowded. Visit on weekdays if you want to leisurely stroll and sample the treats from the food stalls lining the square leading to the ruins. Wear walking shoes and comfortable clothes as it can be very hot and humid during summer time. The are fountains where you can sit and enjoy your snacks and the view. If you come during the cold season make sure you wear a jacket as the temperature suddenly drops.
Vincent Jung | May 8, 2018
Firstly as a tourist hotspot during the daytime this place is packed full of people. The site is home to many shops on the ground floor with the main Portuguese influenced buildings right on top. It does quiet down when it gets dark though as people instead flock to the casinos. Definitely worth a visit for the atmosphere and to look at the unique architecture
Lezlie Brady | May 1, 2018
I'm glad we decided to spend a little time here. It's a nice walk around. The shops seem to sell the same stuff, not much originality but a fun place to see. I wouldn't spend more than an hour here, maybe 2.
C Aquino | May 3, 2018
Very beautiful. But try to avoid the crowd, which came in droves around 12NN-4PM. By that time we couldn't take any decent shots of the place. We went on a Sunday because we wanted to attend mass around the area. So, probably that was a factor. We were there starting 9AM and the crowd was relatively thin then. Also, we got some food samples and walked by different shops that were having a sale.
Anjeev Lutchman | Jun 11, 2018
Well worth visit. Especially for the architecture. Get there early if you want some nice photos. Gets quite busy. Easy walk to St Pauls Ruins. Lovely little shops and food places along the way. Except for the people, you will probably not think you are in China. Nice street food nearby on a Sunday ( or rather the Sunday that I was there).
Nong Ch. | Jun 14, 2018
It is a nice place to walk around if you don’t like walking indoor like in casinos. Honestly, I did not spend time shopping so I cannot tell about that. I do like taking a walk to other interesting places!
Anuj Seth | May 17, 2018
Worth a visit in Macau to experience Portuguese Architecture. It does get very crowded though, so plan accordingly Visit this along with the Ruins of St. Paul's. They are located within walking distance. The buildings have shops (some from big brands) on the ground floor. If you're staying in Taipa area, there are several buses that will get you here at a very reasonable cost. There is no need to spend on taxi's.
Maddie B. | Jul 14, 2018
Exceptional place - the mix of European architecture and Asian nature is incredible to witness. I'd strongly advise you to go into pastry shops and taste authentic Macanese sweets (especially almond cookies!), as they are really generous with the amounts and variety. Perfect place to make your way up to St. Paul's Cathedral ruins.
Zulaikha Siti Anisah | Jun 19, 2018
This place is one of must visit places in Macau. The architecture of this building is partly influenced by Portuguese Architecture. It does get very crowded though, so plan accordingly visit this along with the Ruins of St. Paul's. They are located within walking distance. The buildings have shops (some from big brands) on the ground floor.
Alson Lee | Jul 13, 2018
Good place to explore Macau local delights, especially at the back streets. The main streets are commercial retails, selling branded and cosmetic products with great discount, as well as some local food with commercial packages for tourists.
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