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The Historic Centre of Macau

Macau is not only famous for gambling, it is also a small global village where a plurality of cultures mix. Whether or not you enjoy gambling, the splendid buildings of the Historic Center of Macau will be sure to impress you.

The Historic Center of Macau preserves the earliest, largest, most concentrated and complete mixture of Chinese and foreign architectures in China. It is a spot that has borne witness to the communication and harmonious coexistence of Chinese and foreign cultures for over 400 years. In the mid 16th century, to follow the trend of multi-national trades, the government of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China opened an area in the southwest of the Macau Peninsula to foreign trade. This area was dominated by the Portuguese who both lived and traded here. Soon Macau encompassed immigrants from Europe, Asia, Africa and America, who brought with them their various architectures, religions, living habits, professional skills and other cultural elements. Since then Macau had not only been an international importer of foreign cultures, but also a window for foreigners to learn about China. The Historic Center of Macau is just the nucleus of this area.

The architecture in the Historical Center of Macau is the result of the combination of architectural styles of western countries after the Renaissance, other Asian countries and China itself. The area includes A-Ma Temple , the Moorish Barracks, Mandarin's House, St. Lawrence's Church, St. Joseph's Seminary and Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, St. Augustine's Church, the Leal Senado Building, the Kai Vui Kun Temple, the Holy House of Mercy, the Cathedral, Lou Kau Mansion, St. Dominic's Church, the Ruins of St. Paul's , Na Tcha Temple, a Section of the Old Walls, Mount Fortress, Macao Museum, Antony's Church, Casa Garden, the Protestant Cemetery, Guia Fortress, Guia Lighthouse and Guia Chapel, among over 20 buildings as well as Barra Square, Lilau Square, St. Augustine's Square, Senado Square, Cathedral Square, St. Dominic's Square, Dominic's Square and other squares and streets.

The Historic Center of Macau was listed in the World Heritage Directory on July 15th, 2005, which helped share its cultural wealth with the whole world, and won Macau greater international recognition.

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