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Macau

Main attractions

Macau Tower and Sai Van Bridge
Macau Tower and Sai Van Bridge / Toby Oxborrow, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Macau is the densest populated self-governed area in the world. This small territory is rich with architectural heritage. Most interesting landmarks here are historical buildings which blend Portuguese and Chinese traditions in art and architecture, but this rich city-state has interesting modern architecture as well.

Man made landmarks

Cities and towns

  • Macau Historic Centre - the old centre of Macau contains numerous ornate, historical buildings uniting the diverse traditions of Portuguese and Chinese architecture. Oldest buildings were built in the 15th century, but many valuable buildings in Baroque and other styles were built in the 16th - 19th centuries.

Fortifications

  • Guia Fortress - old, Portuguese built fort and chapel. Chapel was built in 1622 and contains frescoes, fort was built around 1638. Later, in 1864-1865 a lighthouse was built here as well.
  • Walls of Macau - just few sections of the fortification walls of Macau remain. This wall was built in the 16th - 17th century, using clay, sand, rocks, rice straw.
Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau
Ruins of St. Paul's / Blowing Puffer Fish, / CC BY 2.0

Religious architecture

  • A-Ma Temple - Taoist temple, built in 1488. It is possible that this temple gave its name to Macao.
  • St. Dominic's Church - oldest extant church in Macau, constructed in 1587 by Dominicans.
  • Ruins of St. Paul's - ruins of cathedral and college. The ornate Jesuit cathedral was built in 1602 - 1640. Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1835.

Bridges

  • Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge - 2,569 m long bridge, built in 1974. At the time of the construction this was the longest bridge in the world.
  • Ponte de Amizade - 4.7 km long four-lane bridge, built in 1994.
  • Sai Van Bridge - enormous cable-stayed bridge, 2.2 m long. THis bridge was built in 2004.
Holy House of Mercy, Macau
Holy House of Mercy / Huru Lin, Zoya Liau, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Other historical buildings

  • Dom Pedro V Theatre - one of the oldest Western style theatres in China, important site for gatherings. Building is designed in Neo-Classical forms.
  • Holy House of Mercy - historical building of a medical clinic, constructed in 1569. The large building has ornate facade in Renaissance style.
  • Macau Government House - ornate representative building, similar to a small palace. Constructed in 1846 and now used as a state guest house. Building is built in Portuguese Neo-Classical (Pombaline) style.
Grand Lisboa, Macau
The weird Grand Lisboa skyscraper in the night / Diego Delso, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Other modern buildings

  • Grand Lisboa - 261 m tall skyscraper with highly unusual design, modelled after a lotus flower. This hotal was built in 2008.
  • Macau Tower - 338 m tall tower, used for communication and entertainment. Tower was constructed in 2001 and its desing is based on inspiration by New Zealand's Sky Tower.
  • The Venetian Macao - one of the largest buildings in the world, massive 39-floor casino. Building was consntructed in 2007, it is very ornate. Complex includes a mock Venetian channel with pseudohistorical buildings around it.

List of described attractions

ArrowA-Ma TempleOther contemporary shrines, Buddhist shrines

Map of Macau

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