Friday, July 2, 2021

St Paul's Church Walls in Macau Charming

Visiting tourist attractions in Macau is one of the tourist activities that are also in demand by tourists from Indonesia. Macau has a different culture from Hong Kong even though its location is both close to mainland China and being a special administrative area. One of the must-visit places when visiting Macau is the ruins of St. Paul.

Arguably Macau's most famous landmark, the Ruins of St. Paul's continues to captivate visitors centuries after it was built. Today, most tourists who visit the ruins may see only the remains of the beautiful old church, but there is much more to the story. In fact, the ruins serve as a key reminder of Macau's unique roots.

Built from 1602 to 1640 by Jesuit priests who traveled to the Far East to spread Catholicism, the site originally included St. Paul and the Church of St. Paul, also known as "Mater Dei", a Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

Located on a hilltop, the structure was the largest church in Asia at the time and was recognized as the "Vatican of the Far East". Its existence is meant to express the triumph of the Roman Catholic Church through the majestic splendor of the building. The original structure is made of wood, which was burned in a fire during a typhoon in 1835, leaving only the beautiful granite facade and the grand staircase of 68 stone steps leading up to it.

This area is always busy, especially in the afternoon and evening. Many travelers take pictures with various poses here. Taking pictures in front of these ruins is okay, the important thing is to be polite. When visiting the Ruins of St Paul's, a traveler can not only take pictures and enjoy its charm from the outside. If you want to see other ruins that are still there, you can enter the location of this former church.

Passing the entrance to the popular wall, there are a number of tombs of monks covered with glass on the right and left of the street. Then at the end of the road there is the Museum of Sacred Art and the Crypt which contains building debris and historical relics of the church complex. The Museum of Sacred Art and the Crypt was built at the bottom of the ruins in 1996 and houses many religious artifacts including a Sino-Portuguese cross, as well as the Xth century painting of Michael St Michael the Archangel – the only surviving work from the college original. Admission to the museum is free daily between 17am ​​and 9pm.

The museum is not too big, about 10 minutes is enough to explore it. After touring the museum, tourists can continue to take pictures in front of the Ruins Of St Paul's if they are not satisfied. Or you can continue your journey to Senado Square, a beautiful square in Macau. On the way to Senado Square, tourists can shop at the same time. There are many branded clothing and souvenir shops for souvenirs.


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