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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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  • Been here with my office mate with tour company. The ruin itself it's memorable (design, old stones structure, stairs, history) but the crowd makes it hard to get a nice picture of you with it. Apart ...  more »
  • The Ruins of St. Paul are the most visited monuments in historic Macau and given that they are a façade left standing they are nevertheless imposing. Go early in the morning when they are less crowded...  more »
  • It's been updated since our last visit and probably benefits from it. Take a walk also around the gardens and to the top where the cannons are and offering great view of Macau. Walk over to the tombs ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.