Our dim sum lunch was delightful and it was time to leave the MGM to see a couple of the most popular sites in Macau.
Located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula is Senado Square. It’s one of the four largest squares in Macau.
The colonial buildings surrounding the square have an extensive history. They’re well-protected and must maintain their original appearance.
It was a Saturday afternoon and the square was jam-packed with people.
In the early 1990s, Portuguese experts were hired to pave the square with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones. The area has become a popular place for cultural activities.
Throughout the streets were various restaurants, clothing stores, and snack vendors.
Various types of jerky seemed to be the snack of choice. I tried several samples from different places.
Walking north of St. Dominic’s Church, we arrived at the Ruins of St. Paul’s. It’s considered Macau’s most famous landmark. The site was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. The front facade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of “the greatest church of Macau”.
We stopped for some iced tea from Regiustea and hung out with a tortoise for a bit before heading back to the parking garage.
It was time to check out more hotels and sites before our Portuguese dinner later that night.
Largo do Senado, Macau
Ruins of St. Paul’s