Popular Attractions in Macau
Locally known as Temple da Deusa A-Ma, the A-Ma Temple is a splendid temple
dedicated to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu. The temple is a part of Macau's
UNESCO Historic Center and located next to the inner harbor at the bottom
of Barra Hill. Built in 1488, it is one of the most important religious
sites in the city. The temple is divided into six easily accessible
sections - Prayer Hall, the Gate Pavilion, Memorial Arch, the Hall of
Guanyin, the Zhengjiao Chanlin, and the Hall of Benevolence. The
traditional A-Ma Festival is celebrated with much pomp and show every year.
The centuries old festival is a revered tradition in Macau which honors the
goddess, through several thanksgiving rituals and performances.
Also known as Largo do Senado, Senado Square lies next to the main road,
Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. A delightful pedestrian area, square is in the
historic heart of Macau and contains few of the most quintessentially
Portuguese buildings. The major highlights of the square include the
Leal Senado Building, former seat of Portuguese Macau's government, and the
16th- century Holy House of Mercy, widely regarded as the best
example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Macau. The square is also an
excellent spot for shopping and dining.
The Ruins of St. Paul's
Just north of the Senado Square lies the impressive ruins of Sao Paulo (St
Paul's). Once the biggest church in Asia, it was dedicated to Saint Paul
the Apostle. The church was destroyed by fire in 1835. One of the
most-visited tourist attractions in Macau, the ruins comprise the
Renaissance facade of St. Paul's Church.