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Unusual Portuguese Pavements In Macau

When strolling down the streets of Macauyou can spot something unusual – the traditional Portuguese styled pavements. They are typical not only for Portugal itself, but also for old Portuguese colonies such as Macau and Brazil. They are usually used in sidewalks and express various Portuguese symbols such as fish, star, ship, boats and seahorse. They are designed with white and black stones made of limestone and basalt. Their history takes us back to Ancient Greece and Rome when the Romans used to pave the vias connecting the empire using materials to be found in the surroundings.

We tried to trace as many of them as possible and here it what we have found:

Would you like to see those in your home country?

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  • The Guy January 27, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Such a great variety of pictures to brighten up any pavement. I always find places with these on have an extra interest and make walking in the cold / rain more enjoyable.

    My nearby city of Hull has something called The Fish Trail. They have fancy pictures in the pavement (although not as fancy as these) which allow you to follow a historic trek. Always something fun to do.

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:07 am

      Seriously? Gotta check the city of Hull out!

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  • Stefania @The Italian Backpacker January 27, 2014, 2:14 pm

    They are beautiful and they do remind me of Roman mosaics. I’d love to go to Portugal, and subsequently visit some of its former colonies.

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:06 am

      I was thinking of the same thing – the Roman mosaics!

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  • Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans January 27, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous – and I love the blue and white together!

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:05 am

      Love them too!

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  • Yara Coelho January 27, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I’m a bit suspicious on this for being Portuguese, but nothing compares to the beautiful Portuguese pavements, whether they’re in Portugal, Brazil, Macau or any other ex-colony :)

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:05 am

      So true! :)

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  • santafetraveler January 27, 2014, 6:34 pm

    What beautiful tiles. Would love to see a photo of how they look with buildings etc. that are there.

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:03 am

      Pretty charming!

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  • Anu @ Country Hopping Couple January 27, 2014, 10:01 pm

    That’s a lot of variety you guys have captured. Looks amazing! We saw a lot of such designs throughout our trip in Portugal only that they were very simple patterns and designs.

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:04 am

      There were hundreds of them, but we managed to find at least 80 :).

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  • Mike January 28, 2014, 1:22 am

    These are so cool. I liked the Ship as my favorite of the group. Geez, the time and detail it took to put those together. Wow :)

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:02 am

      It took us hours to find them all! So much fun though :).

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  • Tim | UrbanDuniya January 28, 2014, 4:31 am

    I loved these, one of my favourite things about Macau. It’s not that they’re incredibly beautiful or anything, but just so incongruous when you consider the rest of the streetscape (between Chinese culture and casino culture).

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:00 am

      Totally agree!

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  • Rachel M January 28, 2014, 8:16 am

    Beautiful pavements, they look like mosaics/collage artworks…

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 3:00 am

      I know. Real art!

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  • Silvia January 28, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Wow, so pretty! I lived on a small island in southern Japan for a couple of years, and while it was never a Portuguese colony, a Portuguese ship had crashed there once and brought some of its arts and crafts to the island. So interesting to see details like this so far away!

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 2:57 am

      I know, it was extremely interesting to us as well!

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  • Casey @ A Cruising Couple January 28, 2014, 6:47 pm

    These are so beautiful! I have to admit that when we were in Macau I didn’t really take the time to notice these. I definitely loved all the Portuguese influences on the architecture and food, but I don’t think I noticed the sidewalks. Great detail!

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    • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 2:56 am

      Haven’t you noticed them? There were everywhere. It was actually almost impossible not to spot at least few of them. Maybe next time :)!

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  • Agness Walewinder January 29, 2014, 2:59 am

    Thanks!

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  • rebecca January 29, 2014, 6:54 pm

    I have never heard of these, let alone seen them… would be pretty cool

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    • Agness Walewinder January 30, 2014, 6:18 am

      Once you make it to Macau, you will see them everywhere!

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  • Colleen Brynn January 30, 2014, 3:52 am

    Fantastic collection! I remember seeing this kind of tiling in Brasil and then again when I went to Portugal a couple years later for the first time. It’s such an interesting and beautiful finger print for a country to have.

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    • Agness Walewinder January 30, 2014, 6:18 am

      I’m gonna try to find them in Portugal this summer!!

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  • Heather January 30, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful! And I don’t remember seeing any of them when I went to Macau :-(

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    • Agness Walewinder January 31, 2014, 10:03 am

      It’s so crazy as nobody, apart from us, spotted them although it’s nearby impossible to miss them! :)

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  • [email protected] February 3, 2014, 3:59 am

    Wow these are really neat! Impressive they made them with just stones.

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  • Escape Hunter February 4, 2014, 11:41 am

    It’s a wonderful place where Chinese and Portuguese culture coexist in a strange mix. The two being so distant from each other, seeing them both there makes Macau so unusually beautiful…

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  • Jeff February 7, 2014, 7:12 am

    What a collection! they are damn beautiful. I like it when i learn different cultural practices from all over the world.

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    • Agness Walewinder February 17, 2014, 1:00 am

      They are beautiful, that’s so true!

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  • Shalu Sharma February 8, 2014, 2:51 pm

    Absolutely fascinating designs and very creative too. Looks like they were sea faring people so used all sea creators in their art.

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  • Irina February 23, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Wow! These are awesome! I love when a city comes up with a nice touch

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    • Agness Walewinder February 24, 2014, 1:12 am

      Me too!

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  • Jonny Blair June 9, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Cool post Agness – I must admit I have been to Macau twice and never even seen these – great photos!! Safe travels. Jonny

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