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Other Macau Destinations

Aside from the glittering casinos, Macau has other destinations which you can enjoy.

Macau is home to numerous churches, squares and plazas, gardens, temples and other historical sites.

St Paul's Mother of God Church was a 16th-century cathedral in Macau. Today, with 66 stone steps leading to the facade, the ruins of the church are Macau's most famous tourist site.

Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuit Order, St. Paul College Cathedral was the largest Christian church in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the Cathedral the best gift.

Adjacent to the Ruins of St.Paul is the Na Tcha Chinese Temple. It was built in 1898 and it stands close to the remaining Section of the Old City walls. The temple consists of a main hall and a worship pavilion, whose architectural style inherits that of the Na Tcha Temple Calcada das Verdades.

The temple is dedicated to Na Tcha, God of Earth, Monkey King, Sam Leong (mother of Mencius) and Emperor Ziwei.

Macau is also lined with scenic squares and plazas, one of which is Senado Square along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. It was constructed in 1918 to link Praia Grande to the inner harbor. It passes through the old "Christian quarter" and "Chinatown".

Senado Square has always been the city centre. In the past, this was where the governors inspected military troops and the police force when they took up their posts. Today, many celebrations are still held here.

Another interesting destination is the Casa Garden was originally the villa of the wealthy merchant Manuel Pereira. It was built in 1770 and was later rented out to the Macao Branch of the English East India Company as a residence for commercial directors, taipans and high-ranking British officers stationed in China.

The Casa Garden was taken over by the Portuguese Government in 1885 and converted into a museum in the 1960s. The Casa Garden is now the head office of the Orient Foundation, a Macau cultural foundation.

Be sure to bring your cameras when you visit these picturesque and extraordinary sites.

Here's a list of other destinations that should be part of your itinerary when you visit Macau.