Macau,  Travel

Senado Square / Ruins of St. Paul

This post is part of a series of posts about my Hong Kong and Macau visit last Christmas. I already showed you the Tian Tan Buddha and Nan Lian Garden and shared with you my recent food finds in Hong Kong like Charlie Brown Cafe, Green Islands Restaurant, Food Republic, Guang Dong Barbecue Restaurant and Tai Cheong Bakery.

Here, I’ll be talking about Macau.

As much as I’d like to show you some of the photos I took of the Cotai Strip and the luxurious hotels there like the Venetian Resort-Macao, Grand Lisboa, MGM, Wynn, and others, I couldn’t because I didn’t actually take enough photos of them. Fine, I only have one hotel photo without me or my family in it and it’s a photo of the Grand Lisboa with the world’s largest LED dome.

Besides, I’m partial to Las Vegas 😛 Anyhow, I promise that I’ll feature them when I go back to Macau and I’ll be more detailed about the activities you can do if you go there.

Meanwhile, I’m going to show you some photos of the Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul.


Largo do Leal Senado (Senado Square) has always acted as the center of the city. In the olden days, the Senado Square was where the governors inspected military troops and police force when they took up their posts. Now, Senado Square acts as a popular venue of most celebrations in Macau.

When we went there, they had their Christmas/New Year display at the Square.

I love how the floor tiles are arranged and designed. Feels like you’re in Portugal, or Spain 😛

And here’s a photo of the square at night. It’s so festive!


Walking past the Senado Square, you’d find the Church of Sto. Domingo, one of the most beautiful churches in Macau. It’s the yellow Church right in the middle of Senado Square and you won’t miss it on your way to the Ruins of St. Paul. What’s interesting about this church is that it is a baroque Filipino-style church built by the Spanish Dominican friars in the mid 16th century. The church was originally built in wood but was rebuilt in stone in 1828.


St. Paul’s Mother of God Church is a 16th century cathedral in Macau.  The church was built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuit Order and eventually became a University in 1594 where students studied Latin, Greek, local languages, music, painting, humanities rhetoric philosophy and theology. In 1762 the Jesuits were expelled from Macau and the monastery was sequestered by the military. It was an unfortunate event in 1835 when a careless soldier caused a fire in the kitchen that destroyed the whole complex. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise in that today, the ruins along with the 66 stone steps leading to the facade, is considered the most famous tourist spot in Macau.

Directions: From the Venetian Resort Macao, we took the free shuttle to Macau Ferry Terminal and from there, took Bus10A to Almeida Ribeiro Avenue. The street is an interesting attraction in itself being lined with shops and heritage buildings. At the center of Almeide Ribeiro is Senado Square.

Up next, I’m going to show you the beautiful Portugese houses in Taipa. Stay tuned 🙂

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