Edifício do Leal Senado

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Edifício do Leal Senado Feb 22, 2017
This building, erected in 1784, was the original municipal chamber of Macau. The name Leal Senado - Loyal Senate, derives from the title Cidade do Santo Nome de Deus de Macau, Não Há Outra Mais Leal - City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal which was bestowed by Portuguese King D. John IV in 1654, after Portugal regained its independence following 60 years of rule by Spain (1580-1640). During this period, the people of Macau remained loyal to the Portuguese king, who at the time was exiled in Brazil.

The main façade of this neo-classic building is 14.5 m high and 44 m wide and is divided into three sections by vertical granite projections; the floor plan is arranged in a U-shape, with the arms turning away from the main avenue, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. On the ground floor there is a spacious lobby used for public exhibitions and as a reception area. Granite staircase leads up to the courtyard garden and to the public library, a good place to read local newspappers, and conference rooms on the first floor.

The most distinctive feature, rarely found in other buildings in Macau, are the walls covered with blue and white Portuguese ceramic tiles that flank the granite staircase, the central axis of the building.

The small garden has a simple design with decorative objects such as a bronze bust of the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões.

In its history, this building was damaged several times by typhoons. The last one was in 1936.

Nowadays, this building houses the offices of the Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais.

Address: Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
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