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These Portuguese-style homes show a different Macau, far from the lights of casinos. The Taipa Houses were built in 1921, to serve as the residences of senior civil servants when the island was a colony of Portugal. (Macau was a Portuguese colony from 1557 until 1999, when the rule was transferred to the People’s Republic of China.)
In 1992, the regional government renovated the houses and turned them into a museum. In 2016, the houses became home to the Macanese Living Museum, which includes artistic and cultural artifacts as well as recreations of what these houses looked like when they were initially built.