Macau St.Paul

Ruins of St. Paul’s Catholic Church

This church was built by the Jesuits between 1602 and 1640. Surprisingly, with all of the rain during a typhoon, it was destroyed by a fire on the 26 January 1835. This south facing wall was preserved and has been supported with steel and concrete to make it safe.

Facade of St. Paul’s Church in Macau.

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The beautiful carvings were added between 1620 and 1627 by local craftsmen and Japanese Christians who had been exiled there from Japan.

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The front of the church and the 68 steps leading up to the church provide a popular place for Wedding Photographers.  Notice this photographer lying on his back to capture the front of the church in the background.

A popular spot for wedding photos.

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Beside the church is a place to practice local Asian religious customs.

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In this historic part of the old city of Macau, the Portuguese influence in the architectural style is evident.

Portuguese style street

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Old versus new.

St. Paul’s Catholic church museum.

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4 Responses to Macau St.Paul

  1. It’s beautiful!! So interesting, though, that wedding pics are taken there and rituals held there. Maybe because it once was a church? Thank you for bringing us the view from your lens as if we have traveled with you. I have enjoyed getting to know your blog. 🙂

  2. Martha says:

    One can only imagine the beauty that this church once was. I have enjoyed traveling with you through your blogs and look forward to many more trips!

  3. Lily Leung says:

    Thanks for the tour, Doug! I have not been here.


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