Lonely Planet review
From Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, follow Calçada do Tronco Velho to the Church of St Augustine , dating from 1814. Facing the church is China's first Western theatre, the Dom Pedro V Theatre . This 19th-century pastel-green building is not open to the public. Next you will see the Church of St Lawrence with its magnificent painted ceiling. Walk down Travessa do Padre Narciso to the pink Government House , originally built for a Portuguese noble in 1849 and, for now, headquarters of the Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region) government. The oldest section of Macau is a short distance southwest of here, via the waterfront promenade Avenida da República . Along this stretch you'll see several colonial villas and civic buildings that are not open to the public. These include the residence of the Portuguese consul-general , which was once the Hotel Bela Vista, one of the most storied hotels in Asia. Nearby is the ornate Santa Sancha Palace , once the residence of Macau's Portuguese governors.