Historic Centre of Macau
|Historic Centre of Macao|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|Criteria||ii, iii, iv, vi|
|Inscription||2005 (29th Session)|
The Historic Centre of Macao, also known as the Historic Centre of Macau (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 China. 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, based on the vibrancy of international trade."
List of sites
|A-Ma Temple||Southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula.
|Built in 1488, the temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. The name Macau is thought to be derived from the name of the temple.|
|St Lawrence's Church|
|St. Joseph's Seminary and Church|
|Dom Pedro V Theatre||Largo de Santo Agostinho|
|Sir Robert Ho Tung Library|
|St. Augustine's Church||3 Largo de Sto. Agostinho|
|Leal Senado Building||Largo do Senado|
|Sam Kai Vui Kun
(Kuan Tai Temple)
|10 Rua Sui do Mercado de São Domingos|
|Holy House of Mercy||Largo do Senado|
|Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady|
|Lou Kau Mansion|
|St. Dominic's Church||Largo de São Domingos|
|Ruins of St. Paul's|
|Na Tcha Temple|
|Section of the Old City Walls|
|St. Anthony's Church|
|Old Protestant Cemetery and the old headquarters of the British East Indies Company|
Largo do Pagode da Barra
|St. Augustine's Square
|St. Dominic's Square
|Company of Jesus Square
|The square in front of the Ruins of St. Paul's.|
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, Mount Fortress and Guia Fortress (includes the Lighthouse and Chapel).
Leal Senado Building is managed by the Provisional Municipal Council of Macao while the two government-owned temples, A-Ma Temple and Na Tcha Temple are managed by the Board of A-Ma Temple Charity Association and Management Board of Na Tcha Temple respectively. The Moorish Barracks is managed by the Macao Harbour Administration Building.
The rest of the items are owned and managed by the respective institutions. St. Joseph's Seminary Building and Church is owned by St. Joseph'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.
- Historic Centre of Macau. UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- "Advisory Body Evaluation (of Historic Centre of Macao)" (PDF). UNESCO. 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
- The Map, Historic Centre of Macao
- "Nomination file submitted to UNESCO" (PDF). UNESCO. 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
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