Leal Senado (Municipal Council)

Leal Senado (Municipal Council), Macau

Leal Senado (Municipal Council)

Leal Senado (Municipal Council)
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,117 contributions
The Leal Senado Building is an important national treasure that no visitor to Macau should miss seeing.
Dec 2019
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.
Written May 20, 2020
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Arnold C
San Francisco, CA695 contributions
Civic Center
Jun 2019 • Friends
A must visit!! Signature fountain and festive declarations are always present!! This was Dragon BoatFestival and races!!
Written June 9, 2019
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LSSantos
Quezon City, Philippines389 contributions
Municipal Council
May 2019 • Couples
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
Written May 31, 2019
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,572 contributions
Well Preserved Historic Building
Apr 2019 • Couples
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.
Written April 18, 2019
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Adventurous Eater
Boston, MA15 contributions
Beautiful Institutional building that is intimate in feel
Feb 2019 • Family
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.
Written March 4, 2019
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Wrinkly one
Torquay, UK396 contributions
So historical!
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful building with a grand staircase and inner courtyard upstairs. It is well worth 10 minutes to look around- it is directly opposite the Senado Square. There is also a little gift shop in there that is worth a look in
Written December 19, 2018
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Janelyn M
Makati, Philippines187 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2018 • Family
Nice and beautiful flowers in bloom. Well kept place. The place has so many tourist and the air was cool.
Written December 11, 2018
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
Best Representation of Portuguese Architecture in Macau
Apr 2018 • Solo
The Leal Senado is the original municipal chamber of Macau and is located at Senado Square in the Historic Centre of Macau. It is one of the beautiful buildings along the square and is considered the best representation of Portuguese architecture in the city.

The building was originally constructed in 1784 and is Neo-classical in style. You will see a traditional building facade of fair appearance. The real charm of Leal Senado is inside the building, highlighted by staircase lined with murals made of blue-and-white Portuguese tiles. There is a small yet beautiful courtyard and if you visit the second floor, you will find one of Macao's few hidden gem in the elegantly carved library which is the oldest in the city.

During holiday seasons, Leal Senado is always heavily decorated, making it well worth stopping by for a few minutes during time spent at Senado Square. Free concerto performances are regularly held in the entrance hall and art and history exhibitions are regularly held in the side gallery rooms, giving visitors more incentive to spend a bit of time at this particular attraction while exploring Macao World Heritage.
Written November 21, 2018
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Bulatai
Sydney, Australia175 contributions
Lovely historic building - an oasis from the crowds.
Oct 2018 • Solo
This is a beautiful building opposite Senado Square and is heritage listed.
It is a great escape from the crowds on the street and the Square .

It has a beautiful garden in the back which offers a lovely feeling of serenity.

Unfortunately, the day I visited the library was closed due to a meeting.

The tiles are beautiful in the building and there is a gift shop on the ground floor .

Well worth visiting when in Macao.
Written November 8, 2018
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Shirley C
London, UK29 contributions
Romantic Portuguese Alley
Dec 2017
A sense of fusion of East and West where the streets are covered with portuguese tiles with some of the chinese buildings. Try to visit when the sun is set, the streets are light up with yellow lights extra romantic.
Written October 9, 2018
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