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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37 thoughts on “Unusual Portuguese Pavements In Macau”

  1. Avatar of The Guy

    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.

  2. Avatar of Yara Coelho

    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 :)

  3. Avatar of Tim | UrbanDuniya

    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).

  4. Avatar of Silvia

    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!

  5. Avatar of Casey @ A Cruising Couple

    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!

    1. Avatar of Agness Walewinder
      Agness Walewinder

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

  6. Avatar of Colleen Brynn

    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.

  7. Avatar of Escape Hunter

    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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