Strolling through “The Historic Centre of Macao”

A-Ma Temple is located on the south-western tip of the Macao Peninsula overlooking Barra Square and the seashore.  Around the corner of A-Ma Temple is the Moorish Barracks situated on Barra Street.  Further up the road, the narrow street suddenly opens onto Lilau Square, the first residential district of the Portuguese settlers in history where the Mandarin’s House is just tucked behind the pastel façades across the street.  Further up the road, Barra Street connects into Padre António Street and Lourenço Street where St. Lawrence’s Church stands.  Behind the church, Prata Street leads to the junction of São José Street where the grand entrance to St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church is located.  Walking alongside the granite wall on Prata Street and the adjoining Seminário Street, one arrives at the junction of Gamboa Lane.  Climbing up the hill from there, the path leads to St. Augustine’s Square enclosed by a cluster of monuments - St. Augustine’s Church, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library and Dom Pedro V Theatre.  Moving down Tronco Velho Lane to Almeida Ribeiro Avenue, the narrow streetscape opens onto the main city square - Senado Square. Situated at one end, the “Leal Senado” Building has a commanding view overlooking the entire square, flanked on both sides by South European-style buildings with the glimmering white façade of the Holy House of Mercy standing in its midst. Tucked behind the commercial shop fronts to the left of the Leal Senado Building is the Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple. Climbing up the slope alongside the Holy House of Mercy, one eventually lands at Cathedral Square on the hilltop where the Cathedral is located. Turning back down to St. Dominic’s Square, one passes a typical Chinese courtyard house compound – the Lou Kau Mansion St. Dominic’s Church is located at the junction of Senado Square and Dominic’s Square.  Ascending from the base of Mount Hill from this urban piazza along Palha Street, the bluestone cobbled road leads to the grand façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s, with Mount Fortress to the side of it.  Behind the majestic church front, is the miniature Na Tcha Temple and Section of the Old City Walls Further down the hill, the linear route ends at St. Anthony’s Church, the Casa Garden and the Protestant Cemetery Standing on the highest hill of Macao Guia Hill, Guia Fortress, Chapel and Lighthouse are visible along the skyline of the peninsula.

 
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