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Municipal Council of Macau, officially known as the Leal Senado (Portuguese for Loyal Senate), was the local government structure in Macau (similar to city councils) during Portuguese colonial rule. The title Leal Senado was bestowed on Macau's government in 1810 by Portugal's Prince Regent João, who later became King John VI of Portugal. This was a reward for Macau's loyalty to Portugal during the Philippine Dynasty, between 1580 and 1640.

Following the handover in 1999, the Council was replaced by a Provisional Municipal Council and finally replaced by the Institute for Civic and Municipal Affairs of the Macau (Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais). Like its Municipal Council predecessors, the Institute meets at the Leal Senado Building.


The Council representation was based on parishes:

Our Lady of Fátima Parish
(Freguesia de Nossa Senhora de Fátima)
花地瑪堂區 (Pinyin: Huādìmǎtáng Qū)
St. Anthony Parish
(Freguesia de Santo António)
聖安多尼堂區 (Pinyin: Shèng'ānduōnítáng Qū) or 花王堂區
St. Lazarus Parish
(Freguesia de São Lázaro)
望德堂區 (Pinyin: Wàngdétáng Qū)
Cathedral Parish
(Freguesia da Sé)
大堂區 (Pinyin: Dàtáng Qū)
St. Lawrence Parish
(Freguesia de São Lourenço)
風順堂區 (Pinyin: Fēngshùntáng Qū) or 聖老愣佐堂區
Our Lady of Carmel Parish
(Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo)
嘉模堂區 (Pinyin: Jiāmútáng Qū)
Coterminous with the island of Taipa
St. Francis Xavier's Parish
(Freguesia de São Francisco Xavier)
聖方濟各堂區 (Pinyin: Shèngfāngjìgètáng Qū)
coterminous with the island of Coloane


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Coordinates: 22°11′36″N 113°32′22″E / 22.1933°N 113.5394°E / 22.1933; 113.5394