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Our Lady of Penha

Penha Hill, Macau, China
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Ranked #17 of 176 Attractions in Macau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Lookouts
Traveler Description: See Penha Church more »
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This church must be blessed as we can see many newly wed coming for photos shooting session in the compound of the Church. 西望洋主教堂 is located on top of a hill on the west side of Macau, it is a bit of a challenging walk if come by foot, but it is worth the climbing. The magnificent view of the... More

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I loved getting to see the Portuguese influence on the city. Th.is particular building was a little out of the way but worth the walk

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Although it took us some time to find it, we were glad we did. This small and rather humble church is not particularly impressive, yet we found the visit inside very satisfying. For us (and for the locals) it was a break from the sweltering heat outside.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

If you have the time and Inclination,the view from outside the church looking over the city is spectacular. The interior is pretty ordinary and not worth the trip on its own. A very long walk up the hill on a hot day for relatively little reward.

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Hong Kong, China
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are in the area of the Maritime Museum, or the A-Ma temple, and have nothing else to do then you might want to consider going here. You can either walk or take a taxi to the church. If you walk it's uphill (but at least it's downhill on the return). Few tourists come here and therefore it isn't... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I walked from the city center up a short hill (one of the ways up is near Sai Wan lake). It was a nice walk. I walked up through the bungalow area. It was an additional tiring 20 minutes but at least you can see where the rich people stay in Macau. When I got up there I realize it's... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Our lady of Penha is a simple church situated on a hill at the Southern part of Macau Peninsula. This church use to be a place of pilgrimage for sailors and i suppose it doesn't really have a interesting history therefore it wasn't listed as one of the UNESCO site. If you are visiting Ah Ma Temple at Barra Square... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

A brilliant cityscape of Macao, and well worth a visit. The church itself is uninteresting and nothing special, but the views over the emerging city are fabulous. Nearby is another viewpoint over to the harbour area and back towards the Sofitel Ponte 16. Yes it is a short walk up a small hill, and it can be warm and humid,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

One of the few churches in this area not included within the UNESCO World Heritage designation for the Historic Centre of Macu, a visit to Our Lady of Penha is potentially worth making, not so much to see the actual church but to take advantage of the impressive views which can be had here. Our Lady of Penha has a... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

The Penha Church lies on a top of a hill, so you have to walk a LOT before arriving,which, with Macau's humid weather might be a bit tiring. But once there, you feel surrounded by the ambiance, specially if you choose a clowdy day to visit it. The inside of the church itself is not bad, but my favourite area... More

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