Senado Square or Largo do Senado is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. This 3,700-square meters public square was added on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005, and is one of the four largest squares in Macau.
Senado Square has been in front of the Leal Senado Building during the Ming Dynasty. Local authorities also used to review the troops as inaugurations were held here during the Portuguese control era. A statue of Portuguese soldier named Mesquita used to stand in the square’s center. However, it has been destroyed by the Chinese, because he was behind the death of many Chinese soldiers during the Qing Dynasty—a dark time in the country’s history. The statue is replaced by a fountain, which exists up to now.
Traditional Chinese restaurants and shopping centers are located around the square, so you can go there and enjoy shopping for trendy clothes and diverse, unique food. The square’s also paved by hired Portuguese experts with colored stone mosaic patterned after the image of waves in the early nineties; it is a famous attraction due to its beauty and charm.
Up to now, Macau’s cultural activities are held here. From firework displays to lion and dragon dances during the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas, you will surely enjoy going here.