Strolling through “The Historic Centre of Macao”
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
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
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
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
Standing on the highest hill of Macao Guia
Hill, Guia Fortress, Chapel and Lighthouse are
visible along the skyline of the peninsula.