Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located within the central area of the Macau Peninsula. Covering an area of 3,700 square meters (4,425 square yards), this is one of the four largest squares in Macau; the others being Praça do Centro Cultural, Praça do Lago Sai Van and Praça do Tap Seac. In 2005 it had been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as it's a part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
The square is named as Senado as since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it's been in front of the Leal Senado Building. During the age of Portuguese control this is often where the local authorities would want to review the troops on their inaugurations.
In 1940, there was a statue of a Portuguese soldier named Mesquita in it's centre. He was responsible for the deaths of many Chinese soldiers during the hostilities with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Understandably, the statue had been destroyed by Chinese people and replaced by a fountain; this is often why the square is additionally called "the Fountain".
In the early 1990s, the authority hired some Portuguese experts to pave the Senado Square with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones. From then on this area has become a well-liked place for cultural activities in Macau. The buildings round the Senado Square have an extended history and have many western features, in order that they are well protected by the authority and nobody is allowed to alter the facades of these buildings.
There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants round the Senado Square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and therefore the scenic environment make Senado Square a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually persisted special days like the Chinese New Year and yuletide . One can go and enjoy those activities.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Visit churches, eat at different cafes and restaurants, take photos and go shopping.