Take a Stroll on a Giant’s Canvas
Art is not a mere lifestyle for the Portuguese but life itself, as it is found ubiquitously varying from refined art galleries to graffiti on streets. Walking along Portuguese streets is a one of a kind adventure as you will be surrounded by gigantic canvases, invading street walls and the paved paths.
Art on the pavements are called Cal? ada Portuguesa or Portuguese Pavements, which can be found in abundance along the pavements, atriums and plazas in Portugal. It was an art founded in Mesopotamia and later introduced to the ancient Greek and Romans.
It is no easy task producing mesmerizing patterns and sketches on the ground using paving materials. The process is immensely tedious and meticulous where the artisans have to lie horizontally and fix stones with utmost precision. This process is still carried out manually which makes them invaluable in all aspects.
Portuguese Pavements aren’t only found in Portugal. The art is even popular in Macau, which was once a Portuguese colony. The most famous Portuguese Pavement found in Macau is at the Senate Square also known as Senado Square. This square and some of its buildings with historical importance are all protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As soon as you step into the Senado Square in Macau you will find giant waves of black and white stretching as far as your eyes can see. A charming fountain sits in the middle surrounded by a circular stairway.
Visitors to the square often sit on the circular platform outlining the fountain and engage in hearty conversations. Or simply gaze into the never ending beauty of the mesmerizing mosaic that unfolds before their eyes. You may feel like a tiny paint blot on a giant’s canvas when you are there.
At night when the street lights illumine the Senado Square and the buildings all bathed in vibrant golden and white glows, the Portuguese Pavement reflects the very radiance. The fountain’s many jets glow in a luminous white, reminiscent of angels descending from the heaven. It is indeed a sight to behold and admire for anyone visiting Macau.
Senado Square’s Portuguese Pavement starts from the main road that leads to the St. Dominic Church and ends at the famous ruins of St. Paul’s. It is often an ideal spot for meeting and spending a day out with families and friends for the locals. For the tourists it is a heart warming attraction that reminds them time and again the aesthetic richness of the Portuguese people and how much they love the essence of art.
If you are visiting Macau for your next vacation, do not forget to drop by the famous Senado Square and enjoy the beauty of pavement art. The alluring wavy patterns of the plaza, the concentric circles of the fountain and the multicoloured shades of the surrounding buildings will paint the perfect picture for you.