Ruins of St. Paul, Macao

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    Ruins of Saint Paul

    by hopang Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    The Ruins of St. Paul is basically a facade of the Cathedral of St. Paul. It was built in the early 17th Century by Jesuits. It was at one time the largest Catholic church in Asia. Today it is a great tourist attraction and is one of the most famous landmarks in Macao. The Ruins of St. Paul was designed as World Heritage Site by UNECO in 2005.

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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 Church

    by thelittlevoice Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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. The church, made of taipa and wood, was brilliantly decorated and fiurnished, according to early travellers. The facade of carved stone was built 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 in 1835 a fire started in the kitchens and destroyed the college and the body of the church. The surviving facade rised in 4 colonnaded tiers, and is covered with carvings and statues which eloquently illustrate the early days of the Church in Asia. There are statues of the Virgin and saints, symbols of the Garden of Eden and the Crucifixion, angels and the devil, a Chinese dragon and a Japanese chrysanthemum, a Portuguese sailing ship and pious warning inscribed in Chinese.

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    Ruins of St. Paul's Church

    by SLLiew Written Oct 19, 2006

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    What is left is just the facade of the Church. The church itself was built in 1637 but since then it was burnt by fire 3 times and the last in 1853.

    To reach the church, there is a long series of steps. Behind the facade is a stairway and so you can peer down for an excellent view from the facade.

    This facade has been a major historic and tourist landmark of Macao. One must see it when in Macao.

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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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    The Ruins of St Paul's

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Oct 4, 2013

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    This monument is the most recognizable icon of Macua. The church built in the 17th century this was once considered the greatest christian church in Asia. The structure burnt down in 1835, leaving the facade you see today.

    Although the site has its charm, its hard to understand how this and not some of the existing very ornate churches like St Dominic's did not become the symbol of the city.

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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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    Picture taking in front of St. Paul's Ruins

    by morgagni Written May 1, 2006

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    You definitely CANNOT leave Macau without having your picture taken in front of the most famous landmark of the city...the Ruinas de Sao Paulo or St. Paul's Ruins! Ravaged by a fire more than 100 years ago, what is left of the church today is just the facade.

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    Ruins of the Church of St Paul

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 10, 2008

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    This is perhaps the most famous landmark of Macau and as such is a symbol for the country. The ruins of St Paul's refer to just the facade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built between 1602 and 1640, once one of the finest Christian buildings in the Far East. The church was built after the destruction of the first church by fire in 1601 and was modelled on the church of the Gesù in Rome. It was destroyed by fire in 1835 along with St. Paul's College, the first western-style university in the Far East, which stood adjacent to the church.

    Since 1904 various proposals have been put forward for the rebuilding of the church, but nothing has come of them. It is now planned to establish a museum recounting the story of the building and destruction of the church behind its still imposing facade after archaeological investigation of the site has been completed.

    The rich figural ornament on the facade is arranged in five registers. Above the main doorway is an inscription dedicating the church to the Mother of God. In the second register above this are figures of Jesuit saints, flanking the three windows. Above this is a profusion of relief ornament, ranging from a figure of the Virgin to dragons, skeletons and a variety of motifs both European and Asian. All this gives some inkling of how magnificent the church must once have been.

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    Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

    by krc Written Jan 27, 2007

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    St. Paul's Cathedral is among Macua's most famous sites, but 10 minutes and a couple photos is all that's needed for the casual observer. All that's left of the historic church is a facade. What remains is grand and inspirational to be sure, but there's just not much to see. So, hop out the taxi, climb the stairs on the back of the facade and take in the view, go around to the front and take 2 photos, then walk across the street and spend a couple hours at Monte Fort and the Museum of Macau.

    Admission is free and the view is good.

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    Ruins of St. Paul

    by tini58de Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Ruins of St. Paul

    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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    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 Cathedral Ruins

    by machomikemd Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Saint Paul's Cathedral is a Portuguese 16th-century cathedral in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, in the People's Republic of China, dedicated to Saint Paul the apostle of Jesus. Today, its ruins IS Macau's most famous LANDMARK!.
    Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, the Cathedral was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the time before the Manila Cathedral in the Philippines was established by the Spaniards, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the Cathedral the best gifts. With the decline in importance of Macau, which was overtaken as the main port for the Pearl River Delta by Hong Kong, the Cathedral's fortune's similarly ebbed, and it was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The Fortaleza do Monte overlooks the ruin.
    The ruins now consist of the southern stone façade - intricately carved by Japanese Christians in exile from their homeland and local craftsmen between 1620 and 1627 under the direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola - and the crypts of the Jesuits who established and maintained the Cathedral. The façade sits on a small hill, with 66 stone steps leading to the façade.
    Ruins of St. Paul's in Macau contain a structure of five tiers. The opening tier is comprised of ten Ionic columns having three entrances. 'MATER DEI' is carved on the middle entrance. The two side entrances are adorned with bas-reliefs in the prototype of 'HIS'. The subsequent tier has ten Corinthian columns with three windows. The figures of a Catholic saint are engraved on each tabernacle between two columns. The enduring three tiers are the most ornamented. The effigy of Madonna stands at the third tier, while the sculpture of Jesus stands on the fourth. The walls are sheltered with bas-reliefs in assorted patterns like angels, symbols of crucifixion, devils and a Portuguese sailing ship. The triangular grouping of the upper three tiers replicates the Holy Trinity as well as the sacred Virgin Mary.

    It is part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    St Paul's Ruins

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The ruins are regarded as the symbol of Macau. All that remains of the greatest of Macau's churches is its magnificent stone facade and grand staircase. Built in 162-27 by Japanese Christian exiles and local craftsmen. Fire unfortunately destroyed the remains of the church in 1835. The surviving frontage is covered with carvings and statues which demonstrate the early days of the Church in Asia. Inside there are statues of the Virgin and saints, along with symbols of the Garden of Eden and the crucifixion, angles and devil. Then the church covers the Asian touch such as a Chinese dragon, a Japanese chrysanthemum, a Portuguese sailing ship and pious warnings inscribed in Chinese. When the restoration work was completed, and this lasted from 1990 to 1995, the back side of the Ruins of St. Paul's was turned into a museum called Sacred Art Museum.

    Behind St. Paul's facade there is a new museum called Sacred Art Museum.

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