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Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

Rua de Sao Paulo, Macau, China
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Ranked #8 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
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Quezon City, Philippines
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Unless you are a history buff or an admirer of European adventurism in the Orient in centuries past, the ruins are just that: ruins. A highly promoted landmark that is a symbol of Christianity in a largely Buddhist state. The ruins still attract hordes, even in the rain. The best part about visiting the ruins is the pedestrian walk that... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A remarkable facade, and an iconic symbol of Macao's fusion of East and West. The original church was built 430 years ago, but burned down in 1601. Construction of its replacement began the next year. An Italian Jesuit was the master planner, but the sculptors were mostly Japanese Jesuits. So presumably the bottom tier of the remaining facade, with the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the iconic Macau landmark, even appearing on their notes and coins. It may now only be a facade but it is the ruins of a beaufiful old church after all.

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You must get a photo here with the Ruins as the background. It will give you a souvenir photo that everyone knows was taken in Macau. The narrow roads/alleys leading to the foot of the Ruins are filled with shops that offer great bargains.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This will be the must go place in macau. It's to tell the world you've been there. Afterwards, walk down the isle of Almond tarts and other food. Free sampling and you can have as much as you one. I recommend the barbecued meat slices. they taste good, even cold.

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Melbourne
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited in the pouring rain, the visit was interesting but there were still so many people! We enjoyed the ruins, the view but not the tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It is too charming in Night time. however it is too hot in day time. And there is many peoples visit here in day time. In the morning, the shop around here is close

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There's not much to the ruins. Just one facade, which is quite spectacular and worth the visit. After some initial photos its already time to move on.

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Quezon City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

When my wife and I went to Macau for our honeymoon last April, this is the first place we listed in our itinerary. Seeing the ruins itself provides a sense of nostalgia about the glorious colonial past of the island. A cultural legacy that is ancient but has survived the times because of the effort of thw Macanese people. What... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As the landmark of Macau, you just have to go see this. However, getting there can be a bit tricky. Being with a tour group helps.

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