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Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau

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Retrace Macau's Christian heritage at Ruins of St. Paul's, one of the region's landmark attractions. Built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, the church was originally one of the largest Christian shrines in Asia. A 19th-century fire destroyed much of the original complex, but the ornate southern facade still stands as a reminder of the building's former grandeur. A steel stairway provides visitors with access to the top, while the onsite museum houses artifacts providing insight into the history and art of Christian faith in the Far East. Add Ruins of St. Paul's and other attractions to your Macau trip itinerary using our Macau trip generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Nice the atmosphere. Shoot a few pictures. That's all. Only the facade survived. The rest of the church is gone. Nice the small temple behind the facade on the lefthand side  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Incredibly busy both on the stairs and in the facade. Apart that this facade there still stands. Go as early as possible because it is very hot and very busy during lunch time
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is definitely worth visiting. You can feel the history and Portugese heritage. And you will not be able find anything like that in the region. And even in Lisbon you will not be able to find a lot ...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    A touristy place that is always crowded, this place is mostly for taking pictures, but I still enjoyed it because of the architecture of the place is awe-inspiring and historical. There is also a museum behind the facade where you can see remnants of the excavation and more historical background to it. A humbling experience to just soak in the scenery and the history of the place. Be sure to visit Monte Fort and the Macao Museum which is just nearby too.
  • June 1, 2017
    Initially, the ruins look very cool, and definitely make for good pictures. However, there isn't much else to do there. The museum section is limited to a small indoor hallway, and you can probably explore the outdoors in five minutes. The ruins are in the midst of touristy Macau though, so actively trying to skip it would be more of a hassle.
  • May 23, 2017
    Nice historic place. Along the street they are lot of shops selling drinks and cookies. Too crowded and sometimes you can hardly find a good spot to take picture. But overall very nice monument.
  • July 10, 2017
    Briefly interesting set of remains, a facade and some items in the crypt. Not very much to see and loaded with tourists that makes it very busy. Perhaps good to see whilst on a day trip to Macau but not more than that.
  • June 26, 2017
    One of the best historical place to visit. Looks huge and fantastic. It was a church but it was burned down by fire. The only thing left there is just the front door wall.

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