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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Ruins of St. Paul's and other Macau attractions using our handy Macau sightseeing planning tool .
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  • Macau has a great history in past 400 hundred years governed by Portugal and it's one of the famous and typical places that all visitors like to visit and also can take a short round trip to see old s...  more »
  • Interesting that the facade is still up, but basically it’s the ruins. Could have done with more guidance/stories on the history of the place. It is a free attraction and there are plenty of tourists ...  more »
  • It's a nice goal in Macao. It is done quickly and impressive... It's all free of charge and also interesting... At night it is lit and many young people sit on the stairs drinking a beer and listen to music... Also very nice. Right next to it you can also in the Macao Museum for more history - from up there, there is also a super panorama! So a recommendation from my side!
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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.

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