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Colonial Sites in Macau

Colonial Sites in Macau

The Portuguese struck a deal with China in the early 16th century to clear the waters around Macau of pirates, leading to Macau becoming one of the first — and the last — colonial establishment on the Asian continent. These are some of the best colonial sites you won’t want to miss in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to See

  • Guia Fortress — the highest point on the Macau peninsula and home to the 17th-century Chapel of Our Lady of Guia

  • Dom Pedro V Theatre — China’s first Western-style theater, built by a Portuguese architect in 1858

  • Ruins of St. Paul’s — the remains of a 16th-century complex, including the Church of St. Paul and St. Paul’s College

  • Leal Senado and Senado Square — the seat of Portuguese government in Macau before it’s return to China

How to Visit

  • Board a hop-on hop-off bus to explore Macau’s colonial landmarks with 16 convenient stops.

  • Join a local guide on a Macau sightseeing tour to learn more about its UNESCO-listed sites.

  • See Macau’s colonial highlights on a day trip from Hong Kong.

Macau City Sightseeing Tour
Full-day Tours
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