1. St. Paul’s: On a hill in the heart of the city is the iconic façade of the 17th century church. It is all that remains of the first Jesuit church and college in China. It was destroyed by fire in 1835. It is customary to throw coins into the top window of the ruins from the stairs for luck. The Museum of Sacred Art in the church’s original crypt contains silver altar pieces and paintings.
2. Monte Fort: The fort was built by the Jesuits as their headquarters and as defense against attack by the Dutch. Today it houses the Museum of Macau with exhibits that depict four centuries of Macau Culture with emphasis on the bi-cultural character of the city.
3. Senado Square: Senado Square with wave-patterned stone mosaics and a Mediterranean flair is the heart and historic center of Macau. It is now a pedestrian walkway with shops and restaurants. Visit the 17th century St. Dominic’s Church, an example of baroque architecture with Portuguese influence.
4. A-Ma Temple: It is one of the oldest temples in Macau having been construction in 1488 to commemorate Mazu, the sea goddess who blesses fishermen. It was a Portuguese corruption of the name “Mazu” that led to the name “Macau.” There is a four-level prayer pavilion and a diorama of the legend of A-Ma.
5. Kun Iam Ecumenical Center: The picturesque building is located on a man-made island connected to the mainland by a causeway. The dome with a lotus-shaped based is topped by gleaming bronze statue of Kun Iam. Walk clockwise around the building listening to the music, then enter the building to meditate and feel the concentration of energy.