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St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos) Tours

St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos)
It’s hard to miss St. Dominic's Church (Igreja de São Domingos), with its pastel yellow façade. The church was established by three Dominican priests in 1587, though the current building dates from the 17th century. A popular attraction with a colorful past, the church forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Macau.
 
The Basics
St. Dominic's Church was built in a Baroque style and includes both European and local Macanese design features. Note the Chinese-style roof tiles, teak doors, Corinthian columns, decorative panels, and the high altar featuring a statue of the Madonna and Child. In the bell tower at the back of the church, don’t miss the small Museum of Sacred Art, which holds around 300 artifacts, including religious statues, sculptures, sacramental objects, and paintings.
 
Most sightseeing tours of Macau feature a stop at St. Dominic's Church, along with other top attractions such as the A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul. Day trips from Hong Kong and Shenzhen are also available. Those planning to explore Hong Kong as well can take a multi-day tour of both cities.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The church is a must-see for first-time visitors to Macau.
  • It’s free to enter the church and museum.
  • This is a place of worship, so please be quiet and respectful.
 
How to Get There
St. Dominic's Church is located in St. Dominic Square. It’s less than five minutes’ walk from Senado Square. Visitors can also take bus No. 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 10, 26A, or 33.
 
When to Get There
The church is open daily. The annual parade of the Virgin Mary from the church through the streets of Macau occurs May 13, during the Festival of Our Lady Fatima. The church is also a main venue for the Macau International Music Festival, which usually takes place during September and October.
 
Violent History
The church has been the site of several violent incidents. In 1644, a Spanish officer—loyal to Spain when the colony sided with Portugal—entered the church to escape an angry mob. They followed him inside and murdered him at the altar. Then in 1707, when the Bishop of Macau excommunicated the Dominicans, the friars locked themselves inside the church and threw stones at the soldiers during a 3-day standoff.
Address: Largo de São Domingos, Macau, China
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Private Tour: Discover Macau

Private Tour: Discover Macau

This private 11-hour tour takes you to popular spots in Macau, and includes round-trip transport from your hotel along with a private guide to help you every step of the way. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site, A-Ma Temple, as well as the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul, Monte Fort, and Senado Square. Pass by awesome eateries on the pedestrian street Rua do Cunhua, and then choose to gamble or shop on the Cotai Strip (own expense).
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Macau Sightseeing tour including Buffet Lunch on Macau Tower and pickup in Macau

Macau Sightseeing tour including Buffet Lunch on Macau Tower and pickup in Macau

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Maximize your time in Macau on a full-day coach tour that takes in all the highlights of China’s entertainment capital. Admire UNESCO-listed monuments such as the Temple of Na Tcha, the ruins of St. Paul's Church, and the colonial-era city walls; take in the views from the Macau Tower; and visit the Sands Casino. Hotel pickup and lunch is included.
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2 Days Macau Sightseeing Tour with Macau Airport Private Transfer

2 Days Macau Sightseeing Tour with Macau Airport Private Transfer

Designed for people who will stay in Macau for 2 nights. Take a World Heritage sites tour escorted by English-speaking tour guide. On Day 1, visit the ruins of St Paul’s, Mount Fortress, Museum of Macau and Senado Square and St. Dominic’s Church in the Historic Centre of Macau. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the landmark of Macau Tower. On Day 2, explore the famous Venetian Macau and Cotai Strip, and take Golden Reel ride for a bird-eye view for 130m high. Visit the nearby Street of Rua do Cunhua in the afternoon. On Day 3, hotel pickup and transfer to Macau airport is included.
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Sightseeing Coach Tour of Macau from Shenzhen with Ferry

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Explore Macau, across the Pearl River delta from Shenzhen, on this full-day tour. Catch a ferry to the city for a sightseeing tour while learning all about this former Portuguese colony. Visit UNESCO-listed landmarks such as the A-Ma Temple and Ruins of St. Paul’s; explore Monte Fort; and climb the Macau Tower (own expense) for 360-degree views. Buffet lunch, outward ferry ticket, and post-tour transfer to your Macau hotel or back to the ferry terminal included.
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Macau Day Tour - From your Macau hotel

Macau Day Tour - From your Macau hotel

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Full-day Macau tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, customize your day according to your interests and see only Macau sights that you wish to see. Choose to visit some of the city’s iconic highlights; taking you to the most popular attractions; or discover into the rich historical heritage of the area by visiting the World Heritage historic sites. We will also be showing you some of the local living aspects of the city getting to know more about local living standards. Will also be visiting some of the more modern developments in Macau seeing the difference with local ventures and U.S. ventures in paving the way for the future of Macau. Whichever way you wish to spend your time in Macau, the expertise attention of your guide is guaranteed on this private custom tour.
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Historical Macau Sightseeing & Landmarks Tour (no meal)

Historical Macau Sightseeing & Landmarks Tour (no meal)

A professional local guide leads you to explore the most famous world heritage sites in Macau, the blending of the eastern and western culture. The tour starts at St Paul's Ruins, Na Tcha Temple, St Dominic's Church, Cathedral, Av. Da Praia Grande, Leal Senado Building, Senado Square and General Post Office Building which is a collection of locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. They represent the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples. The afternoon section starts at A-Ma Temple which is one of the oldest in Macau and thought to be the settlement's namesake. Macau Tower, the most recognizable landmark in the skyline, offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities. Finally, the journey ends up at Venetian Resort.
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