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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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  • Just a ruin of church, we can asked the people surrounding, and get some photo of this building and nothing more. But as this is interesting place that mostly tourist visit this place, at least take s...  more »
  • Interesting to see the ruins, but the place is in bad condition and you can view several tourists playing the ruins and other things. Symbol of decay.
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  • I have a light show to make this amazing landmark a better place. It's not easy to get to this place with a lot of visitors. You will pass through the Australian souvenir shop, including the roast pork is very good food!
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  • It was a good place for tourism. Sometimes there might be wedding couples taking photos. And there's the Museum Of Macau nearby. Also there are street snacks below the cathedral. Some of them are cheap and nice. All in all, a good place to visit.
  • Nice historic place to visit. It is very crowded but we managed to take some nice photographs We went up the hill to see the nice view of the city. There is a museum at the top of the hill but we did not go in. Instead we enjoyed the cool air and relaxing atmosphere on top.
  • This is probably the key tourist site to see when visiting Macau. Worth the walk up from town and nearby there is the museum which you can go to the roof of for free and get an impressive view. The steps in front of the ruins are a good spot for a photo if it isn't crowded!
  • This is a must see scenic spot in Macau. This is the landmark of Macau. It's well kept for all these years but tons of people were there, too.
  • Very interesting piece of history. Admission is free to the wall, to the sacred place (in the back), and a very small museum containing artifacts. One can expect to spend 30 mins to an hour here.

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