Macau Sights

Ruínas de São Paulo (Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 02/08/2016

Fodor's Review

Only the magnificent, towering facade, with its intricate carvings and bronze statues, remains from the original Church of Mater Dei, built between 1602 and 1640 and destroyed by fire in 1835. The sanctuary, an adjacent college, and Mount Fortress—all Jesuit constructions—once formed East Asia's first western-style university. Now a tourist attraction, the ruins are the widely adopted symbol of Macau. Snack bars and shops are clustered at the foot of the site. Tucked behind the facade of São Paulo is the small Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt, which contains statues, crucifixes, and the bones of Japanese and Vietnamese martyrs. There are also some intriguing Asian interpretations of Christian images, including samurai angels and a Chinese Virgin and Child.

Sight Information

Address:

Top end of Rua de São Paulo, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

Phone:

853-8399–6699

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 02/08/2016

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