St. Dominic's Church, Macao
This church was built by 3 Spanish Dominican priests in 1590. The facade is painted yellow with green wooded doors. In 1644, a military who supported the Spanish against the Portuguese was murdered during mass in the building. In 1707, the Dominicans sided with the Pope against the Macau's bishop in the Rites Controversy. In 1834, the monastic orders were suppressed by government. The church was used as barracks, stable, and public work office.
Currently, it is not only a Church, but a museum with history and culture of Catholic Churches in Asia.
This church is located right in the heart of the city centre and is one of Macau's finest and colourful with a bright yellow facade with green doors and shutters. Founded in 1587 by three Spanish Dominican priests who originally came from Acapulco in Mexico, this church is also connected to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary. It was here that the first Portuguese newspaper was published on Chinese soil, A Abelha da China ("The China Bee"), on 12th September 1822. The present baroque church dates from the 17th century and houses a small museum of Sacred Art in the bell tower.
You can learn about St. Dominic's Church's theatrical past in the museum on the 1st - 3rd fl.... The museum shows paintings, sculptures and liturgical ornaments that illustrate the history of the Roman Catholic church in Asia.
Its doors are open only during services....so You'll ring the bell on the adjoining green gate to enter the church at other times.
Opening days : Daily
Admission fee : Free
Sao Domingos was built in the early 17th century in baroque style. It's elegant - mostly white and cream - inside.
To visit the church, one should ring the bell at the side door.