There are no shortage of UNESCO heritage sites in Macau. Here are some of our favourites:
Ruins of St Paul’s - The Ruins of St Paul’s are one of Macau’s most treasured heritage sites. After a good portion of the complex was burnt down in 1835, its remaining facade still stands stoically in Santo António, resembling a two-dimensional stone cut-out. Visitors flock here to catch a glimpse of the 17th century Jesuit structure, which was appointed a UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site in 2005.
A Ma Temple - While the actual seniority of A Ma Temple remains a mystery, the religious monument is without a doubt one of the oldest Taoist temples in Macau. Built to honour Tin Hua (aka A-Ma), the goddess of the sea, it was here that seafarers and fishermen came to pray for a bountiful haul and good weather. Today, the temple has also been recognised as a UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site.
Senado Square - Right by the town center is Senado Square, a paved town square that houses a large number of European-styled heritage buildings and preserved monuments. Officially named a UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site, it is a must-see if you’re visiting the city.
Fortaleza do Monte - Yet another historic site that has been appointed UNESCO heritage status, the fort was previously a military centre in Macau. Today, it is open to the public to peruse, and offers panoramic views of the peninsula from its peak.