by Eric Sautedé

Lilau Square is a striking embodiment of Macao’s identity: a place of en-counter, of cultural co-existence between the Portuguese and Chinese; place made permanent by the preservation and renovation of its remarkable urban structure and architectural styles.

On one side, covering three sides of the Square (Largo) along the Alley (Beco) and the Street (Rua) of Lilau, one falls under the charm of a typical Mediterranean atmosphere made of colonial houses with some very distinctive features such as patios, wooden shades covering numerous street windows or small bridges connecting detached houses and built to prevent the spread of pandemics in the nineteenth century. On the other, across the Barra Street, one stumbles upon the walls of an opulent traditional Chinese compound consisting of a series of brick courtyard houses covering an area of some 4,000 square metres along the street leading to the temple of A-Ma.

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