Macao, China

General Information

Regional secretariat


Historic Centre of Macao

Registration criteria

C (ii) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;

C (iii) to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;

C (iv) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;

C (vi) to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria);

Historical reference

  • Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade, was under Portuguese administration from the mid 16th century until 1999, when it came under Chinese sovereignty. With its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, which is the oldest in China. The site bears testimony to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West based on the vibrancy of international trade.



Mr. Sai On Chui

Chief Executive of Macau
Office of the Chief Executive

+86.853 72.68.86

Mr. Ho Veng On

Office of the Chief Executive

+86.853 72.68.86

Sr. Jacob Cheong Cheok Kio

Chefe de Departamento do Património Cultural
Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau

(853) 8399 6397