Lives in Singapore, Singapore
Since Sept 2009
25-34 year old male
Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monte Forte is an old Portuguese military center, which today attracts tourists for both its historical significance and the great views you get when you climb up to the top. This almost 400 year old site was initially built to protect the properties of the Jesuits, and was later seized by the governor and used for the protection of Macau. Even though Monte Forte is not a museum, it's one of the most historic sites of Macau and should therefore definitely be part of your itinerary if you plan to explore the island's history.
Macao Museum is the biggest museum in Macau and the best place to start your cultural adventure. The museum specializes in the island's international past and shows how people from all over the world have been living here side-by-side, making it a an island rich in culture and history. You will find exhibitions on Macau's original civilization, popular art and traditional culture, and on the Macau of today. This is the perfect place to get an overview of how Macau became what it is today.
Senado Square is the main historic center of Macau and impresses visitors with its Mediterranean architecture and flair. The square is located close to Monte Forte and is the best place to experience Macau's historical past in real life. The mix of European architecture and Chinese elements is incredible and almost feels surreal. Come here for a little break after visiting the Macao Museum.
St. Dominic's Church is a 16th century Baroque-style church, close to Largo do Senado. The church was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site and hosts a museum of sacred art inside its main building, exhibiting more than 300 artifacts.
The Macau Museum of Art is the only art museum in Macau and exhibits thousands of important paintings and other art pieces. There are both permanent exhibitions, mainly displaying Chinese calligraphy, paintings, seals, and copper ware; and changing exhibitions, which often focus on art by contemporary Macanese artists. Even though it mostly focuses on local art, the museum does also display many European paintings.
Built by Macau's first bishop in 1569, the Museum of the Holy House of Mercy of Macau was initially established as a hospital for the local community. Later it became an orphanage for girls, then a refuge for widows of sailors lost at sea, and then ultimately, a museum. Today the building belongs to UNESCO World Heritage and exhibits religious sculptures, ancient porcelain, and even the skull of its founder. The building is of great importance for Macau and an interesting destination for history geeks.
This former private residence is mainly known because it used to house the famous author and reformist Zheng Guanying, who completed his acclaimed masterpiece 'Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity' here. The house has 60 rooms and is built in the traditional Guangdong style with some European elements, which makes it especially interesting for visitors who have a keen eye for detail. Come here to get a real life experience of what it is like to be inside a traditional Guangdong residence.
Visiting St. Michaels Chapel and Cemetery is a great experience for anyone who is interested in Macau's international past and colorful history. Both the cemetery and the chapel belong to the most well-maintained relics from the colonial times and are worth visiting, even if you are not Christian or religious at all.
The Teatro de Pedro V was built in 1860 and is not only the oldest theater in Macau but also belongs to the first western-style theaters in China. Because of its age, the theater is of particular significance for Macau and attracts both locals and tourists.
Macao Science Center entertains both children and adults with interactive and educational exhibitions on science, and also features a planetarium. The center covers many different areas of science and aims to educate its visitors by experience. This is a great alternative to the otherwise history-heavy museums of Macau and offers hours of entertainment. The museum is fairly new and was inaugurated by Chinese president Hu Jintao in 2009. The distinctive, asymmetrical shape of the main building have made it a well-known landmark and helped to show that there is more than just casinos to explore in Macau.