Macau WHS hunt

UNESCO WHS HUNT: Historic Centre of Macao

A fascinating blend of the Western and the Chinese civilizations, the Historic Centre of Macao (Centro Histórico de Macau, 澳門歷史城區) is one of my favorite UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Macau is not big, but the number of things to see simply amazes. When it comes to what was included in the World Heritage Site, there are 30 locations grouped in two zones. Zone 1 encompasses the main part of the colonial city, stretching from Camões Garden in the north down to the southern tip of the peninsula. Among the included 21 buildings and 8 squares are such major landmarks as Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square and A-Ma Temple. Zone 2 focuses on the Guia Fortress, famed for its chapel and lighthouse. The buffer zone covers the whole Guia Hill.

Link to the official UNESCO entry: 1110.

I created more than 20 separate articles about my Macanese adventures. Below is the list of the World Heritage Site locations, each image links to the corresponding entry.


Barra Square (Largo da Barra, 媽閣廟前地)

A-Ma Temple (Templo de A-Má, 媽閣廟)

Moorish Barracs (Edifício da Capitania dos Portos, 港務局大樓)

St Lawrence’s Church (Igreja de S. Lourenço, 聖老楞佐教堂)

St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church (Igreja e Seminário de São José, 聖若瑟修院及聖堂)

Mandarin’s House (Casa do Mandarim, 鄭家大屋)

St. Augustine’s Square (Largo de Santo Agostinho, 崗頂前地)

St. Augustine’s (Igreja de Santo Agostinho, 聖奧斯定教堂)

Dom Pedro V Theatre (Teatro Dom Pedro V, 伯多祿五世劇院)

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library (Biblioteca Sir Robert Ho Tung, 何東圖書館)

Leal Senado (市政廳)

Senado Square (Largo do Senado, 議事亭前地)

Sam Kai Vui Kun (三街會館)

Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericórdia, 仁慈堂大樓)

Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady (Igreja da Sé, 主敎座堂)

& Cathedral Square (Largo da Sé, 大堂前地)

Lou Kau Mansion (Casa de Lou Kau, 盧家大屋)

St. Dominic’s square (Largo do São Domingos, 板樟堂前地)

& St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de São Domingos, 板樟堂)

Ruins of St. Paul’s (Ruínas da Antiga Catedral de São Paulo, 大三巴牌坊)

Company of Jesus Square (Largo da Companhia de Jesus, 耶穌會紀念廣場)

Section of the Old City Walls (Troço das Antigas Muralhas de Defesa, 舊城牆遺址)

Na Tcha Temple (Templo de Na Tcha, 大三巴哪吒廟)

Mount Fortress (Fortaleza do Monte, 大炮台)

Camões Square (Largo de Camões, 白鴿巢前地)

Casa Garden (東方基金會會址)

Old Protestant Cemetery (Cemitério Protestante, 基督教墳場)

St. Anthony’s Church (Igreja de Santo António, 聖安多尼堂)

Guia Fortress (Fortaleza da Guia, 東望洋炮台)

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