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St Lawrence Church

St Lawrence’s Church (Freguesia de São Lourenço) is possibly the richest and most beautiful church in Macau, both for its decoration and the religious objects within it.

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St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church

St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church (Igreja e Seminário de São José, 聖若瑟修院及聖堂) was originally built by the jesuits around 1758, and recently restored to original splendour.

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St. Dominic’s Church

St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de São Domingos, 玫瑰堂) was established in 1587 by 3 Spanish Dominican priests who arrived in Macau from Acapulco, Mexico, this church has been the scene of several violent incidents.

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Happiness Street

Walk up the Calcada do Tronco Velho from end Square, if you turn right – you will see Happiness Street (Rua da Felicidade). A pretty little street which was in the past the centre of Macau’s nightlife. Today, the facades of the traditional China Coast buildings have been restored, with many small shops and cafes.

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Macao Museum

Macao Museum (Museu de Macau, 澳門博物館details the history of Macau and is built on the site where the former Meteorological Service was located.

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Holy House of Mercy

The Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericórdia, 仁慈堂大樓on Senado Square was built in 1569 on the orders of the Bishop of Macau as a branch of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia.

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Monte Forte

Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte, 大炮台), or the ‘Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul’ is the historical military centre of Macau.

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Leal Senado

Overlooking Senado Square, Leal Senado (Loyal Senate) was the seat of the Portuguese government in Macau.

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Guia Fortress And Lighthouse

Guia Fortress And Lighthouse (Fortaleza da Guia, 東望洋炮台) is a 17th Century military fort standing atop Guia Hill – the highest point in Macau. Now surrounded by a park, it encompasses a fort, chapel and lighthouse complex.

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Senado Square

Senado Square (Largo do Senado, 議事亭前地) is a beautiful paved square in historic downtown Macau. The Portuguese influence is everywhere here, with beautiful old pastel coloured buildings surrounding it, giving it something of a Mediterranean feeling. It was added add a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005.

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