We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

Rua de Sao Paulo, Macau, China
Improve this listing
Ranked #10 of 163 Attractions in Macau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins
Owner description: Considered Macau’s most famous landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century cathedral features a spectacular façade with intricate carvings by Japanese... more » Owner description: Considered Macau’s most famous landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century cathedral features a spectacular façade with intricate carvings by Japanese monks. « less
Write a Review

1,546 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    478
    720
    314
    31
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Being a catholic this was one of the features I think might have been a little too hyped up on every piece of advertising of Macau. It isn't "ruins", its actually only the front facad of the cathedral. There are no other walls, pieces of main interior columns and only minor remnants apart from some of the crypts which are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cebu City, Philippines
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It's just a place showing the facade of the Ruins, a lot of steps leading to it and some beef jerkys at the side of the road to cheer you up. (a must try!) To be honest, there's really not much to do here. So to those who aren't fond of the arts and history, expect to be bored. My... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It was nice to see this landmark in Macau, but after you spend a few minutes walking around and taking pictures, there isn't much else to do. It's unique to see a structure where only the front remains. After visiting the ruins, we explored the plaza down below.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You won't get a shot without massive people pollution... It is always so busy here, but eat Portugese Tarts - try the jerky - looks crazy to see meat on the side of the road in the blazing heat but it is yummy. Walk up the stairs and cross the road to the fort. It is much quieter up here,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manila, Philippines
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide boasted of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, claiming 'you cannot say you have been to Macau if you have not seen the Ruins of St. Paul.' While the history behind the Cathedral is an interesting one, there is little left of what I imagine used to be a grand structure. The Ruins is probably worth 2-3... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tangerang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I walked to this ruin to see what the website said about one of the icon in Macau, and I have an imagination for seeing this not just ruins but also other things such as rooms or some tools used for this cathedral, but I see nothing except the frond part of the building. And since I went to this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I had to pass through a very busy street to get to the ruins. But it's understandable given that it was a Sunday when I visited. It was hot, and the wall, while worth a photo, had nothing much else to offer besides the crypt. I'd advise to go, take a photo to prove you've been there and move on.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belfast
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is just ruins now and only one wall stands but it is worth a look if you go to Macau.The views from here are good .

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

All that is left standing is the front facade which sits at the top of a long, wide flight of stairs up the hill. Visually stark and worth seeing. In the rear is an enclosed area with tombs of various former bishops and priests which is air conditioned and delightfully chilly after the afternoon heat & humidity. This is one... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place brought me to a stand still... you could sit there for hours taking in the views and wonders of this masterpiece... so much history and culture..

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral also viewed

 

Been to Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing