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  • Address: R. De São Paulo, Macau, China
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm

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Ruins of the Church of St. Paul

One of the most recognizable, dramatic, and popular icons of the city of Macau are the Ruins of St Paul's Cathedral. Originally constructed in 1580 by Jesuit priests, the church was twice ravaged by fire in 1595 and 1601. Not to be deterred by the loss, construction resumed in 1602 and ultimately grew into what would be the largest Christian church on the entire Asian continent. As fate would have it, however, disaster met the church once again in 1835 when fire ripped through the soaring cathedral for the third and final time.

Devastated by the blaze all that remains of the Church of St Paul are the 66 stone steps which ascend a steep hill and the intricately carved five-tier façade for which the ruin is now so famous. Carved from granite which was able to withstand the fire, the façade features a panorama of carvings which fuse traditional European Renaissance and Oriental artistic styles. The façade was carved by Japanese Christians escaping religious persecution and was constructed in a classically Baroque style. Images found on the façade include traditional Jesuit scenes from the Bible to Portuguese sailing vessels with billowing sails. The stone lions which flank the third and fourth tiers are representative of the Chinese influence in the construction and design of St. Paul’s.

Behind the façade now sits St Paul’s Museum as well as remnants of the original city walls. Dating to 1569 the naturally formed barriers are formed from a blend of clay, soil, sand, glutinous rice, crushed rocks and small bits of oyster shells.

While viewing the façade from beneath the ruin is reason enough to pay a visit to St Paul’s, many visitors opt to ascend the steel staircase which runs behind the soaring structure. Already perched on a hill overlooking the city, steel staircase allows visitors to peer out the windows of the second-tier for a framed view of the city of Macau which is unlike any other. Be sure to bring a coin to toss into the second-tier window from the staircase—a classic Macanese tradition for bringing good fortune.

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Macau Day Tour including 2-Way Ferry Transfer from Shenzhen, Shenzhen, null
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Macau Day Tour including 2-Way Ferry Transfer from Shenzhen

Take morning ferry to Macau at 8:45am, and meet your tour guide at Macau Out Harbour Ferry Terminal at 10:00am.  Enjoy the highlights of Macau which includes ...  Read more

Location: Macau Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.02
Group Day Tour to Macau from Hong Kong with Hotel Pickup in Kowloon Area, Hong Kong, Day Trips
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Group Day Tour to Macau from Hong Kong with Hotel Pickup in Kowloon Area

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Leave Hong Kong behind for the day and explore Macau on this day trip. Discover the main sights of Macau, a diminutive peninsula in mainland China. Popularly ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong Region, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.88
Macau City Sightseeing Tour, Macau, Day Trips
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Macau City Sightseeing Tour

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If you’ve wondered what’s unique about the former Portuguese colony of Macau, take a city sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit historical ...  Read more

Location: Macau, China
Duration: 7 hrs

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Day Tour to Macau with Hotel Pickup in Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, City Tours
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Day Tour to Macau with Hotel Pickup in Hong Kong Island

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Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong (1 hour by Ferry). It's a overseas territory by Portuguese until ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong Region, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.88
Macau Excursion With Venetian Resort Visit From Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, City Tours
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Macau Excursion With Venetian Resort Visit From Hong Kong Island

Venetian Macao is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. it is located in Cotai Strip Macao, Inspired by the Las Vegas Strips, It is the fastest ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Sightseeing Coach Tour of Macau from Shenzhen with Ferry, Shenzhen, Day Trips
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Sightseeing Coach Tour of Macau from Shenzhen with Ferry

Shenzhen is on the eastern bank of Pearl River, and Macau is on the western bank.  The most convenient transportation can be made by 1-hour ferry.   This ...  Read more

Location: Shenzhen, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.37
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Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

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Complete your visit to Hong Kong with a day trip to Macau, once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Sit back and relax as you sail across the sea ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong

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Quite different from Hong Kong, Macau’s economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism. The tour combines both historical sites and modern ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.00
Private Tour: Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

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Discover Portuguese influences in Macau on visits to various historical and cultural sites with your private guide on this private tour from Hong Kong. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.00

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