Senado Square (Largo do Senado 议事亭前地) is probably where most tourists like us starts off with the walking tour around the Heritage Centre of Macau. The Senado Square got its name from a former Senate Building that was located nearby.
Ruins of St.Paul (São Paulo Ruins 大三巴) is perhaps the most iconic landmark of Macau. It refers to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 which was destroyed by fire in 1835.
Igreja de São Domingos or St. Dominic’s Church (玫瑰聖母堂). Its origins can be traced back to 1587 when 3 Spanish Dominican originally from Acapulco, Mexico priests founded a chapel here. It has a quite a violent history with murders and conflicts around this church. After some turbulents times, the church was finally renovated in 1997 and opened to public with a museum on the upper storeys which I didn’t get to visit as my mum wants to visit the Venetian instead.
While I wasn’t able to see other parts of the old Macau, the old colonial charm of the city can still be seen in their mosaic pavements, little plazas and gardens and the colonial buildings that we got to see as we made our way for shelter.