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OrderintheHouse wrote a review May 2020
Brisbane2,054 contributions81 helpful votes
The Leal Senado Building is an important national treasure that no visitor to Macau should miss seeing.
My wife and I really enjoyed our two night stay in Macau as part of our 18 day Asian adventure to celebrate our 40 anniversary in December 2019 and January 2020. Macau is a delightful fusion of Chinese and Portuguese influences and it is essential in our view to include a visit to its Historic Centre. The centrepiece of the Historic Centre has to be Largo do Senado or Senado Square and opposite the Square is one of the historical “jewels in the crown” – the Leal Sanado (“Loyal Senate”) Building. Originally built in 1784, this was Macau’s original municipal chamber, a function it maintains to the present. The Leal Senado Building is neoclassical in design and has retained all its original master walls and primary layout, including the courtyard garden in the back. The main façade is 14.5 metres high and 44 metres wide. A nice feature of the main façade is the French windows that open onto balconies with iron railings. The interior of the building is very ornate with impressive staircases to get to the upper floor. After entering the building, to the left was a very impressive art gallery displaying excellent Chinese artworks. This was worth a closer look. There were so many intricate paintings on show here. As our visit occurred on 30 December, just five days out from Christmas, the building inside was adorned with magnificent Christmas decorations throughout, making a really colourful display. We found it so progressive that Macau so grandly celebrated Christmas both here in this building and throughout the Senado Square opposite – it warmed the hearts of western tourists like us immensely. The courtyard at the back was also well worth a look. The very best feature of the building however, was the ceremonial meeting room and Municipal Council Chamber with its beautiful adornments and furnishings on the upper floor. The room has high decorated wooden parquetry ceilings and is divided in two by three very impressive columned archways. There are lovely red curtains throughout. The meeting chairs are black wooden balloon back chairs to a very ornate design and they have comfortable cushioned seats. Most impressive was the long polished black rectangular conference table where no doubt the Councillors conduct their business. The table is in a “Closed U” set up with computer screens and colourful leafy pot plants in the “closed U” or hollow of the table and it has a lamp and microphone for every seating position. Yet another pleasing feature was the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceiling to light up the room. I recall talking to the two security guards at the doorway entrance to the room during our visit and remarking to them that they should feel very proud of such an historical and ornate live and working Municipal Council Chamber. There reply was to acknowledge that “ Yes, we are so lucky to have such a beautiful building as this.” Nothing more needs to be said as they simply echoed my sentiments entirely. We were able to view the small chapel next to the meeting room. However, sadly we were unaware that we could have also viewed the elaborate carved library styled after the library of Mafra Convent in Portugal, so we missed seeing that, which was a pity. To Macau’s credit, like many of its attractions, the admission to the Building is free. It is a laudable ideal that Macau adopts to give locals and tourists maximum opportunity to experience its rich heritage through its historical buildings. To this end, the Leal Senado Building is an important national treasure that no visitor to Macau should miss seeing.…
Date of experience: December 2019
Arnold C wrote a review Jun 2019
San Francisco, California701 contributions143 helpful votes
A must visit!! Signature fountain and festive declarations are always present!! This was Dragon BoatFestival and races!!
Date of experience: June 2019
LSSantos wrote a review May 2019
Quezon City, Philippines390 contributions187 helpful votes
Evidently, this used to be the seat of government of Macau when it was still under Portuguese control. The expansive, arena-like cluster of buildings remain intact and immaculately preserved, thanks to no small effort of conservationists. Its quiet and solemn ambiance resonates the eloquence of the countless proceedings that must have taken place here many decades ago. This is unquestionably a mandatory destination for a tourist visiting Macau…
Date of experience: May 2019
Lian Tiong G wrote a review Apr 2019
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,539 contributions224 helpful votes
Leal Senado Building was built in 1784 according to Albert our Tour Guide. It is still Macau's municipal chamber and it is from here that most of the important decisions concerning the city were made. The building retains original features including a courtyard garden. There is also an ornate library on the first floor and a small chapel upstair. Sited opposite the Senado Square.…
Date of experience: April 2019
Adventurous Eater wrote a review Mar 2019
Boston, Massachusetts15 contributions
This was the main government office of Macau for ages. Charming building with beautiful tiled walls and a very comfortable interior court yard garden where you can sit and rest up a bit.
Date of experience: February 2019