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Ruins of St Pauls

English: Ruins of St Pauls, Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo, Traditional: 大三巴牌坊, Simplified: 大三巴牌坊

The Ruins of St. Paul’s are the most popular tourist landmarks in Macau, renowned for their long and rich history.

It has been around for many centuries, and this attraction still continues to amaze visitors each time they come here.

Ruins of St Pauls, Macau, History, Photos, Museum, Hours, Church

What was once a church was constructed in 1602 by travelling Jesuit priests who arrived in the East to further the spread of Catholicism.

The site originally housed St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul, which was made out of wood. At the time, it was the largest church in all of Asia and was even considered the Vatican of the Far East. A fire in 1835 unfortunately damaged the original structures, only leaving behind the facade that’s still around today. The Macanese government saw the importance of preserving the ruins, and eventually, it was converted into a museum.

When visiting the Ruins of St. Paul’s, visitors must climb the 68 steps to reach the top. Upon arrival, it’s hard not to marvel at the granite facade. Observe the Asian and European influences at play and the dove on top, representing the Holy Spirit. Other features here include bronze statues, Chinese imagery including lions, biblical images, and much more.

In addition, you can enjoy splendid city views from here. Don’t forget to toss coins into the top window, which has been done for many years now as it’s believed this brings luck. Before leaving, stop by the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt at the bottom. Here, you can find a collection of religious artefacts.

The Ruins of St. Paul’s is located at the Company of Jesus Square.

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Ruins of St Paul's
Mon - Sun: 9am - 6pm (No admission after 5:30pm)

Sacred Art Museum and Crypt
Mon - Sun: 9am - 6pm (No admission after 5:30pm)
Closed on Tuesdays after 2pm

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