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Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Incredible architecture, lovely little shops and restaurants line the perimeter. Some good little food and specialty shops in the immediate vicinity, not to mention the Macau-style cookies and different nougats available close by. Even the tiled mosaic on the ground is wonderful. LOTS of people coming and going. Public toilets in the area the cleanest on the island (a very important factor when one is travelling) ...

There is no other place on earth like Largo do Senado in Macau! Unique. A perfect blend of Portuguese and Cantonese culture.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Beautiful colonial portuguese buildings. Very crowded though and noisy, somewhat spoiled by the amount of terrible tack they put up (decorations) to celebrate Spring Festival. Very very crowded in the day time - go at night as well to appreciate the lights - its much quieter then.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

The plaza is really just small. If you aren't into checking out stores and boutiques there, a mere 15 minutes will be enough to cover one end of the plaza to the other.

But, how can you maximize what the plaza has to offer, aside from the Iberian-inspired flooring and colonial buildings?

1. One of the principal buildings in the plaza, the Santa Casa da Misericordia (Holy House of Mercy), houses one repository of sacred arts (really old paintings), objects (Chinese-looking Jesus images), and relics (like the displayed skull of the first bishop of Macao). It can be tricky finding the entrance to it as the front is being occupied by a bank. You have to go through the alley to its right and you'll see the entrance to the impressive museum on the side of the building. There's a minimal fee of 5.00 HKD -- pretty cheap actually! Another reason why you have to visit this place is because its the only building whose second floor can be accessed by tourists - thus, giving you another view of the plaza from the top. I discovered this accidentally in my desperation to stay longer at the plaza and make more sense out of it :)

2. Church of St. Dominic has a free museum. Enter the passage way to its left. This is another way to have another perspective of the streets below as you can go as high as its third floor. Highlights of this place are... of course... more religious objects and sacred arts. It is not as boring as it sounds, so step aside your prejudices and give it a look.

3. Another historically important monument that is largely ignored by ordinary tourists is the Chinese temple of Kuan Tai (Sam Kai Vui Kun). This is just located behind the pink and yellow colonial buildings. It's a small temple, but it has been instrumental in shaping Macao's trajections as a trading town; thus, this is a specified UNESCO-protected monument. This place is a fast reminder that the historic centre isn't all about colonial-era buildings and Western architecture - it is still Chinese.

4. Lastly, why not send your friends some postcards from their beautiful post office main building?

These should be able to keep you busy -- in some meaningful, educational, and productive way -- in Largo do Senado for three hours or more...

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Nice area for shopping. Giodano, Bossini, Sasa, Watson's and other branded shops abound. On the way to the St. Paul's ruins, Macau's signature tourist spot. Lot's of shops offering almond peanut cakes and delicacies as well as it's famous egg tarts and Tapas.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

It's a landmark of Macau, a beautiful portuguese placa in the middle of a chinese environment. Arches, churches, details of a splendid past. Visit it with a detached spirit, do not join the mad shopping atmosphere.

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