Senado Square is like very square in every major city in the world.  It’s a place where people gather to relax and people watch in Macau.

Last updated on February 27, 2024 11:47 AM

The Senado Square dates back to the 16th century.  The UNESCO World Heritage Site was a meeting area for the Portuguese and Chinese in the Se part of Macau.  The pedestrian-only zone is the starting or end point of your journey to the Ruins of St. Paul.  The European style architecture surrounding the areas of protected monuments and a fountain sits in the middle of the square.

Leal Senado Building Macau
Leal Senado Building

After my Ruins of St. Paulvisit, I headed to St Dominics Church and Senado Square.  I found charm in the paved cement littered tourists and European inspired structures; the abundant restaurants and retail shops could only signify that it was a major tourist area.   The patterns on the cement with the signs in English, Portuguese and Cantonese made it Macau.  The loud voices and chaotic scene could make the weak at heart tremble with claustrophobia.

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Senado Square Macau
Senado Square

However, I love being in the chaos.  It brings me peace to walk in the narrow streets where everyone is too busy to notice me.  I’m a city guy and that’s why I visit New York every few months to get caught up in the madness.  Macau’s Senado Square is no different than New York’s SoHo district or Tokyo’s Harajuku street.  Everyone’s hands are filled with shopping bags.  The women are covered in the latest fashion with their sunglasses and taking selfies for social media.  I sat down next to the fountain to take in the scene; after an hour, I hailed a cab to take me back to the ferry terminal, so I could catch my ride back to Hong Kong.

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Senado Square Macau
The narrow laneways