Free day in Macau?
For those of you attending a congress or an event in Macau and getting some free time to have a stroll, here are the five Event Point suggestions.
For those of you attending a congress or an event in Macau and getting some free time to have a stroll, here are the five Event Point suggestions of places not to miss.
Ruins of St Paul's
The Ruins of St Paul's are the brand image of Macau and symbolise, in some way, the unique identity of this region, now belonging to China. The complex, which included the Mother of God Church and the College of St. Paul, was built by the Jesuits in the nineteenth century. The Church was, for many years, the largest Catholic temple in the Far East. In 1835 a fire of great proportions destroyed both the church and the college. And that's why today only the magnificent granite façade and its monumental staircase remain.
What strikes the most attention in Senate Square is the beautiful Portuguese “calçad” (pavement). The feeling is that we are in any Portuguese city. This square concentrates very interesting buildings, right from the Holy House of Mercy and the Leal Senado (Municipal Council of Macau) Building. Here you will find the Macau Business Tourism Centre.
To better understand the Portuguese influence in the territory (it is evident in many ways) nothing like visiting the Macau Museum, which is located in the Fortress of Monte, that was the main defensive structure of the city for several centuries. On the three floors of the museum it is possible to understand the history and culture of Macau, and the impact of the various nations that were present here.
It is older than the city itself. It was built to honour God A-Bad, a Taoist deity, and is now one of the greatest symbols of the Chinese culture. The complex consists of several pavilions, each dedicated to the worship of a deity.
It is an interesting experience and one that should not be missed. Even if you do not gamble. There are dozens of buses that transport visitors, free of charge, to the local casinos, whether downtown Macau or Cotai.
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