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Historic Center of Macao
fusion of eastern and western civilization
 
The Historic Center of Macao is a collection of monuments and sites that have witnessed the unique combination and co-existence of eastern and western cultures in Macao since the settlement of the Portuguese navigators in the mid-16th century. It is the city's cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples. The architectural heritages are the oldest and best-preserved western-style buildings in China. In 2005 the Historic Center of Macao was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Historic Center of Macao includes eight streetscapes and piazzas, such as Barra Square, Lilau Square, St. Augustine's Square, Senado Square, Cathedral Square, St. Dominic's Square, Company of Jesus Square and Camoes Square. These major urban squares and streetscapes provide the linkage of 22 monuments, including A-Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Mandarin's House, St. Lawrence's Church, St. Joseph's Seminary and Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, St. Augustine's Church, "Leal Senado" Building, Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple, Holy House of Mercy, Cathedral, Lou Kau Mansion, St. Dominic's Church, Ruins of St. Paul's, Na Tcha Temple, Section of the Old City Walls, Mount Fortress, St. Anthony's Church, Casa Garden, the Protestant Cemetery and Guia Fortress (including Guia Chapel and Lighthouse).
 
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