Macau, also spelled Macao, is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire in 1537.
The Historic Centre of Macao is a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. It represents the architectural legacies of the city’s cultural heritage, including monuments such as Ruins of St. Paul’s, The Senado Square, Guia Fortress, streetscapes, churches and temples.
In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China. It was described by UNESCO.