Ruins of St. Paul, Macao

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    THE RUINS OF ST.PAUL

    by xuessium Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    Everyone flocks here. You might as well.

    The facade of an old cathedral that was destroyed in a fire almost 100 years ago. Today, it is the symbol of Macanese Tourism.

    There are staircases behind the facade, allowing you to climb all the way to the "windows" and take a view. Come in the evening and you will see the facade lights up beautifully.

    Also, take a look at the museum of sacred arts behind in a below road-level chamber. One wing contains Catholic artefacts while the other wing showcased bones and skulls of prosecuted believers of Catholicism in the early days.

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    Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

    by rachel_simhon Written Oct 14, 2005

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    The facade is all that remains of the once-majestic Cathedral of St. Paul, which was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1835 but undoubtedly remains the symbol of colonial Macau. This is well worth a visit, as there are beautiful relics and engravings all throughout the ruins, along with a free tour of the Museum of Sacred Art when you descend into what was once the crypt of the church.

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    Ruínas de São Paulo (St.Paul’s Ruins)

    by ahoerner Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Perla & I at St.Paul's Ruins.

    Built by the Jesuits in 1602, assisted by Japanese Christian stonemasons who had fled persecution in Japan. It was destroyed by fire in 1835 except for its stone façade with carvings that tell the story of the Catholic Church in Asia. Admire the carvings, then visit the restored crypt containing relics of Christian martyrs and a Museum of Sacred Art.

    Best pictures are taken from the staircase or from its bottom in front of the garden.

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    Ruins of St. Paul's Church

    by josephva Written May 15, 2005

    It was built in 1620-27 by Japanese Christian exiles and local craftsmen under the direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola.

    After the expulsion of the Jesuits, the college was used as an army barracks and on 26January,1835 a fire started in the kitchens and destroyed the college and the body of the church.

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    St. Paul's Church

    by Rodan44 Written Feb 21, 2005
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    The most famous symbol of Macau is the façade of St. Paul's Church. A photo on the steps in front of the church is an obligatory stop for all visitors to Macau. The original church was constructed by Jesuit missionaries in the early 17th century, but in 1835 a fire destroyed the body of the church, leaving behind only the stone façade and grand staircase. After restoration work in the 1990s, the back of the ruins have been turned into a museum where you can now see some of the excavated remains of the original church as well as a crypt filled with religious relics and a religious art exhibition. Admission is free.

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    Ruins of St. Paul

    by sswagner Written Jan 16, 2005
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    This facade is all that remains of a church that burned down long ago. Despite the fact that the rest of the church is gone, the facade seems to be in very good condition. Many people consider this to be a symbol of Macau since it is in so many postcards and guidebooks featuring the city. The remains are set above a nice square that looks somewhat European. Nearby is the Macao museum, which is also worth visiting. Most tours of Macao will visit this area.

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    Ruins of the Church of San Paul

    by cancian Updated Jan 6, 2005
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    The facade is all that remains of this Jesuit church built in the early 17th century.
    The church was abandoned after the expulsion of the Jesuit in 1762 and a military battalion was stationed here.
    In 1835 a fire erupted in the kitchen of the barracks, destroying everything but the facade and the stone step laeding to it.

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    Ruins of St. Paul

    by tini58de Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    The great facade and staircase to St. Paul's church is the most famous landmark of Macau. Designed by an Italian Jesuit and with the help of Japanese Christian artisans, the church was built from 1602 to 1637. Two hundred years later, in 1835, a fire burned it to the ground, leaving only the facade, the staircase and some walls. These relicts were restored in 1991.

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    St Paul's Ruins (Ruinas de S. Paulo)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The church of St. Paul's was of a complex together with the Monte Fort built in 1630. In 1835 a fire which destroyed all the church except for its great stone facade.

    After restoration work, lasting from 1990 to 1995, the back side of the Ruins of St. Paul's was turned into a museum. The ruins are regarded as the symbol of Macau and now offer visitors a new site where they can view the remains of the former Church of the Mother of God, visit a Crypt where the relics of the Martyrs of Japan and Vietnam rest, and a museum of Sacred Art where there are exhibits of paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects from churches and monasteries in the City.

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    Everyone sees the St. Pauls...

    by Bradmed Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Everyone sees the St. Pauls Cathedral Ruins and Museum of Macau right next door. Its touristy but it introduces you to the EuroAsian experience.
    All that remains of the greatest of Macau’s chruches is its magnificent stone facade and grand staircase. The church was built in 1602 adjoining the Jesuit College of St. Paul’s, the first Western college in the Far East where missionarie such as Matteo Ricci and dam Schall studied Chinese before serving at the Ming Court in Peking as astronomers and mathematicians.

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    St Paul's Crypt Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 20, 2014

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    Below the back end of St. Paul's is small museum preserving some of the crypt and artifacts from St. Paul's. Admission is free.

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    Ruins of St. Paul's

    by peerapa Written Jul 8, 2005

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    St. Paul's is the most famous landmark of Macau and behind the facade is Saint Paul's Museum which opened daily 9am to 6pm (except Tuesday). Entrance is free.

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    Ruins of Saint Paul

    by vincentf Updated Jul 4, 2005
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    This is the most famous landmark in Macau which were built by Jesuits in 1602. However, a fire burned down the church in 1835 with only the facade remained.

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  • Behind the Ruins of S.Paul

    by vividvivian Written Jun 11, 2003

    people always see the front of Ruins of S.Paul. but not many people go further behind it. you can see a list of all missioners who dead in the fire.

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