Leal Senado (Municipal Council)

Leal Senado (Municipal Council)

Leal Senado (Municipal Council)
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OrderintheHouse
By OrderintheHouse
The Leal Senado Building is an important national treasure that no visitor to Macau should miss seeing.
5.0 of 5 bubblesDec 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.

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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
We visited the ‘Leal Senado’ Building across the street from the Senado Square during the recent Chinese New Year holiday and were very happy with this visit. The inside of the building was fully decked out in Chinese New Year décor and the upstairs garden area was just beautiful this time of year with the many flowers being on display.

On the ground floor there is presently an exhibition called 'The Printed Legacy' (free entry) that displayed many works from Picasso, Matisse and others. This was a pleasantly good and unexpected discovery during our visit to the Leal Senado building.

In the area of Macau, there is a high concentration of World Heritage and other interesting attractions. Across the street is where the majority of the famous attractions are located. These include, Senado Square, St. Dominigo’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul. However, you can also visit the “Holy House of Mercy”, The Cathedral and Cathedral Square, Lou Kau Mansion, St. Dominic’s Square just in front of St. Dominic’s Church. Nearer to the Ruins of St. Paul, you can see the Old City Wall and the tiny Na Tcha Temple.

A bit further up Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, you can find the interesting Pawn Shop Museum and the beautiful, Rua Da Felicidade. And, if you make your way southwest through the smaller streets, you will run into further clusters of UNESCO attractions.

Overall, this is a very pleasant building to visit when you are in the Senado Square area, well worth 15-30 minutes of your time or even more if you want to spend longer browsing what is on exhibition in the gallery.
Written January 30, 2012
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jbgh1995
Greater Adelaide, Australia107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful building inside and out - well worth spending some time. Lots of history here including some beautiful tile work.
Written September 19, 2018
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Xin Ru T
Singapore, Singapore1,317 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Pros:
1. There are traditional Portuguese tiles in the building, as well as a souvenir shop featuring goods inspired by these tiles.
2. There are art exhibitions held here.
3. There is a small garden.
4. If you climb up the stairs, there is a beautiful library as seen in travel brochures and guidebooks.

Cons:
1. To my disappointment, I was not allowed to take photographs in the library, which defeated the purpose of my visit to the building.

Tips:
1. The building is directly opposite Senado Square. It is worth a quick stop if you are in the area.
Written June 21, 2016
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Hao C
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
Leal Senado is in the front of Largo do Senado. It is in a very busy and crowded street. You can find it easily and it is convenient to come to Leal Senado. I visited Leal Senado in January. Leal Senado is a Portuguese architecture and looks very beautiful. There were many flowers and glass on the balcony and eaves. My friend told me this place was for government offices. Leal Senado is not large. You could finish visiting very quickly. The time I visited Leal Senado was approaching Spring Festival and there were some people hanging lanterns on the ceiling. The interior decoration of Leal Senado was Portuguese style as well. The wall pattern was floral design and the windows looked very old. There was a garden in Leal Senado. There were some brush and flowers. I saw a statue and a small pond. The shape of water outlet looked like man’s head. There is large flow of people in Largo do Senado everyday. I came Leal Senado in afternoon and there were not too many people. So I recommend tourists if you want to visit Leal Senado, coming there in afternoon may be the best choice. I think Leal Senado is not very interesting for me and you can visit it after you walk around Largo do Senado.
Written April 20, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Leal Senado Building is just across from the famous Senado Square on on Ave. Almeida Ribeiro. This is nice place to pass by if you want to see the World Heritage attractions in Macau.

At Leal Senado, there are regularly small concert performances being played in the entry hall, while the gallery rooms offer nice (free) exhibitions which change out frequently. There is now a small gift shop on the ground floor as well if you want to buy a Macau World Heritage souvenir.

The entry hall, stairway and inner courtyard are quite decorative during the holidays and festival times of the year. There are a couple of nice busts, flower arrangements and small European style wall statue which make the courtyard quite nice to see.

What we enjoy seeing are the blue and white Portuguese style wall tiles found throughout the staircase area and inner courtyard. These are quite attractive scenes, many which demonstrate a nice blend of 'eastern' and 'western' culture while others offer map perspectives of Macau during the bygone colonial era.

In the end, we rate the Leal Senado Building due to the variety of interesting things you can see here, the ability to visit rather quickly and comfortably and because of the regularly changing exhibitions that found here, meaning there is always something new to discover. Plus, the entire building is free to visit.
Written August 28, 2014
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Soehail Ali
Bristol, UK685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Business
This streets are pretty and really well maintained, I loved the light in this streets that was really nice to do. Lots of tourists though, just follow the crowds and you will see pretty much Portugese cafe(s). You feel somehow that this is the backdoor of going from Senado to the ruinies but its worth it!
Written March 11, 2018
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Henntje
Singapore, Singapore108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
If you have enough time in Macau, this building, which looks ordinarily old from the outside, is worth seeing. It is located at the end of Senado Square.

It has a beautiful Portuguese interior design, with azulejo tiles etc. There's also a small garden at the back, equipped with chairs. So you can sit down and catch some breath in peace.

Please do not miss the library on the top floor. It is a functioning library, with a special section which contains old books.
Written May 17, 2017
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wshapr
Melaka, Malaysia217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We accidentally found this place after cross the road from Senado Square where we were planning to do some shopping. from the main entrance, I notice there is a garden which I thought it may leads to another road of the other side. Once we were in the main building only we realized that it was previous Macau Government Municipal office. The whole building is very unique. Besides the garden and toilet, I noticed there is a small library but, I am not sure whether it is open for public. There is also security guard within the building. It is worth a visit
Written April 13, 2017
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artaneghfdnbf
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Just a small street more like gang ha-ha

But it’s beautiful especially at night, so just take a photo haha
Written May 7, 2016
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Sherry1024
Macau, China15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
“The Leal Senado Building”, It is opposite to the Senado Square. You can see a lot of visitors come here for shopping. It is the most prosperous place in Macau. I think it is a little old. it is the witness of the development of Macau. Enter the hall along the stairs, I can see that there are many paintings on the wall. The paintings are painted in the ceramic tiles. It shows you that the traditional style fixing of building in the past. And I found that the paintings are about the history of this building, it is interesting. I like there are a small library inside and garden. I think when I am tried for reading book, I can come this small garden to relax. The disadvantage of it that the environment is relatively small. Then there also very beautiful in night, another feeling and atmosphere is set off by the light of the dark.
Written April 21, 2016
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