Macau is a city with a rich Chinese and Portuguese cultural heritage. It is located on the eponymous peninsula and some more remote islands Taipa and Coloane. Here one can see Chinese temples, Catholic churches and historical relics, located amidst modern surroundings – something that testifies to the intertwining between East and West. Here are some of the sights of Macau, giving rise to the interest of tourists.
The Tower Macau
Visitors have the opportunity to climb the 223 m height and to enjoy beautiful views from the observation. It has sections with glass floor, on which you can get the courage to uncover. If you do, you will feel like you are walking on air.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
“Macau Fisherman’s Wharf s” occupies an area of 111.500 square meters and is an amusement park, and not only because there are more places for lodging, shops, restaurants and other entertainment. In this entertainment complex, visitors can discover completely new experiences.
It was built around 1869 and was the hereditary home of Zheng Guanying. The construction was started by the father of Zheng Guanying – Zheng Wenrui, and later the House was expanded by his brothers. Buildings and open spaces, which are kept in different architectural styles, spread on an area of 4000 square meters, and the rooms are more than 60. Large-scale private homes like this are rare in Macau.
Ruins of St. Paul
The ruins of St. Paul are one of the most famous sights of Macau and since 2005 are part of the UNESCO sites. Built in the XVI century, the college and the Cathedral, bearing the name of Saint Paul, burned a couple of times and been lifted up again. After the last fire in 1835 – only the stone facade and impressive staircase that leads up to it are left.
Today the facade is reinforced with buttresses on the inside and this allows tourists to climb up to the windows, to see up close the stone carvings, as well as to enjoy the panoramic views that are found to the city.
Square of the Golden Lotus
The square of the Lotus, also called the Golden Lotus Square, lies the great sculpture of Lotus in full bloom. It is made of gold-plated bronze, weighs 6.5 tons, is 6 meters high and in diameter reaching up to 3.6 meters. The main part consists of a stem, petals and pistil and there are a total of 16 parts. The Blown Lotus symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macau. At the base of the flower has three levels of red granite, which are in the shape of a Lotus leaf. They symbolise the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Tajpa and Koloan.
Square of the Senate (Senado Square)
Senate square for centuries was the Centre of Macau and today is still a popular place for public events and celebrations. Near the former Senate building is the temple Kuan Tai, which also is a reminder of the active participation of the local Chinese community in urban matters and represents a clear example of the multicultural character of the community in Macau.
The square is surrounded by neoclassical buildings in pastel colors creating a harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere.
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