Saturday, August 5, 2017

DAY 1 ~ Historic Center of Macau

Day 1 of our Macau Trip is a tour of Macau's Historic Center.

We are staying at the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 which was located just a short stroll away the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul, Senado Square and the Museum of Macau.

It was an easy walk through the side streets of Macau.  We simply followed the crowd.



It was an uphill walk to the Ruins of St. Paul.  It was a nice walk though, the street is lined with stores selling souvenirs, branded clothes and shoes and stalls selling local sweets and delicacies.


Tips: The best place to go "pasalubong" shopping.

Highly recommended are: egg tarts (simply the best I have tasted), sweets from Koi Kei and jerkies (there are dozens of flavors to choose from, try as many flavors before buying).



Finally reaching the tourists' magnet Ruins of Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. Paul was the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time.  However, it caught fire during a violent typhoon in 1835 leaving just the facade standing.



Next beside the Ruin is the Museum of Macau. It is the biggest museum in Macau. It is located in the famous Monte Fortress, in the heart of the city and where the Portuguese first set foot. 

The museum is classified into three: (a) the Origin Macau's Civilization, from the Neolithic period to the mid 17th century, which is known as the 'Golden Period' of Macau; 




(b) Popular Art and Traditional Culture, which showcases Macau's traditions, culture and way of living; and



(c) Contemporary Macau
 






After visiting the museum, visitors may have a walk on walls of Monte Fortress, where one can overlook the whole city.



From the Museum of Macau, we walked  a bit and reached the Senado Square (Largo do Senado).


Too bad we had to miss the  A-Ma Temple and the Camoes Garden and Grotto.  Another day touring the Historic would have been great.


Follow my post on our Day 2 in Macau ~ Visiting Taipa Village and Casino Hopping at the Cotai Strip.

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