This church stands on the site of a chapel founded in 1558, the first to be built in Macau.
The history of the present building is explained on a plaque by the door: "Built in 1638. Burnt in 1809. Rebuilt in 1810. Burnt again in 1874. Repaired in 1875". However, there is a cross in the churchyard bearing the date of 1636. Another fire forced to another restoration in 1930 and further work was done on the facade and tower in 1940.
St Anthony is the Portuguese protector of marriages so the members of the Portuguese community selected this church for their wedding ceremonies. The sight of flowers was the base for the Chines name: Fa Vong Tong (Church of Flowers).
First built of bamboo and wood before 1560, this is one of the oldest churches in Macau, also marking the site where the Jesuits set up their earliest headquarters in the city. The church was reconstructed in stone several times as it was struck by typhoons. The present church dates back to 1930.
This church built in 1588 is Macua's oldest church and was originally the jesuit headquarters in Macua
Another church for you to take a look at! :) We just stumbled upon this one. Then went across the street to get a coke and head on to a bus.