Leal Senado Building

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This article is about the building. For the organization known as the Leal Senado, see Municipal Council of Macau.
Office building of the former Legislative Assembly of Macau
Leal Senado Building
Macao Edificio do Leal Senado.jpg
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 民政總署大樓
Portuguese name
Portuguese Edifício do Leal Senado
Inside the main entrance, the title granted to Macau by King João IV is displayed.

The Leal Senado Building (Portuguese for Loyal Senate) was the seat of Macau's government (Legislative Assembly of Macau and Municipal Council of Macau) during its time as a Portuguese colony. It is located at one end of the Senado Square. The title was bestowed on Macau's government in 1810 by Portugal's Prince Regent João, who later became King John VI of Portugal. This was a reward for Macau's loyalty to Portugal during the Philippine Dynasty, between 1580 and 1640.

The building itself was erected in 1784, but it was built in a style similar to Plain style from 14th to 15th Century Portugal than the Pombaline style that was popular at the time when the Leal Senado was built.

After the handover of Macau to China in 1999 it became the headquarters of the Institute of Civic and Municipal Affairs (Portuguese: Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais).

It became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau in 2005.

See also[edit]


  • Shipp, Steve: Macau, China: A Political History of the Portuguese Colony's Transition to Chinese Rule

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Coordinates: 22°11′36″N 113°32′22″E / 22.19333°N 113.53944°E / 22.19333; 113.53944