Built in 1784, Leal Senado Building was Macau’s first municipal chamber. Nowadays, the building hosts the headquarters of the Municipal Affairs Bureau, a function it has been fulfilling since Macau’s Handover in 1999.
The Leal Senado (“Loyal Senate”) Building sports a neo-classical architecture and all its original master walls and primary layout have been kept throughout centuries, including the courtyard garden in the back. The garden features a bust of the Portuguese renowned poet Luís Vaz de Camões.
The building’s first floor comprises a ceremonial meeting room that opens onto the Civic and Municipal Library, a richly ornate and elaborate carved library which has been styled after the library of Mafra Convent in Portugal, as well as a small chapel.
Opening hours: Gallery – Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 9:00pm; Garden – Daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm