The Historic Centre of Macau (traditional Chinese: 澳門歷史城區; Portuguese: O Centro Histórico de Macau) is a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in
Macau, a former Portuguese colony. It represents the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples.
In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in
. It was described by UNESCO as: "with its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West," and "...it bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West, base China
List of sites
The Historic Centre of Macao is made up of two separated core zones in city center on the
Macau peninsula. Each core zone is surrounded by a buffer zone.
The narrow-stripped Zone 1 is located between Mount Hill and Barra Hill.
St Lawrence's Church
Dom Pedro V Theatre
Sir Robert Ho Tung Library
Sam Kai Vui Kun (
) Kuan Tai Temple
Holy House of Mercy
Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady
St. Dominic's Church
's St. Paul
Section of the
Walls Old City
St. Anthony's Church
The Zone is surrounded by a buffer zone that covers a park and immediate urban area.
Guia Fortress incorporating Guia Chapel and Guia Lighthouse
Most of the items (buildings) are owned by the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) and managed by various departments or authority. Cultural Institute of the SAR Government manages the Mandarin's House, the Ruins of St. Paul's, the Section of the Old Wall,
and Guia Fortress (includes the Lighthouse and Chapel). Mount Fortress
The rest of the items are owned and managed by the respective institutions.
St. Joseph's Seminary Building and Church is owned by 's Seminary and managed by the Catholic Diocese of Macao. The Holy House of Mercy Building is owned and managed by Holy House of Mercy Charitable Foundation. Dom Pedro V Theatre is owned and managed by the Management Board of Dom Pedro V Theatre. St. Joseph
The nominated buildings of the
are protected by various laws, including the Basic Law of the Macao SAR. Historic Center