Quaint courtyard with charming corner shop and café
Refuge for the poor
For centuries this lovely leafy courtyard complex was used as a hostel for the poor. Founded by Macao’s first bishop Melchior Carneiro, it was built for people in need. It was also here that many WWII refugees found shelter. At its peak, the albergue accommodated more than a hundred refugees.
Chinese spinsters house
After the war the albergue became an ‘Old Ladies House’. In a time when arranged marriages were commonplace, a home like this was often the only way out. This life choice came with a ‘dress code’; the Chinese spinsters braided their hair Sor Hei style.
Home for the arts and creatives
Since 1996, artistic and creative types have occupied the units dotted around the picturesque courtyard. Albergue SCM is now a cultural incubator and exhibition space.