Lilau Square – The beautiful small square with Portuguese architecture in Macau

According to legend, during the Ming Dynasty an old woman (Lilau in Portuguese) created a well to collect in the spring for nearby residents.

Lilau Square is located at the north of Penha Hill. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Lists as it forms part of Historic Center of Macau together with neighboring ancient architectures / Image source

In the distant past, Lilau was Macao’s main source of natural resources. This area corresponds to one of the first Portuguese residences in Macau and its Mediterranean atmosphere contrasts with traditional Chinese architecture.

A Portuguese old saying goes that “One who drinks from Lilau never forgets Macau”, reflecting their profound attachment to Lilau.

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