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Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt

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Glads wrote a review Dec 2019
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This is at the back of the church where you can see Sacred Artifacts. A must for anyone who wishes to check Crypt in Macau.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Hanna Daniella wrote a review Sep 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia94 contributions11 helpful votes
A really sacred place from the Ruins of St. Paul You can access it behind the walls of the church. Be quiet and be careful.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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BradJill wrote a review Feb 2019
Hong Kong, China129,060 contributions22,289 helpful votes
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An interesting addition to the Ruins of St. Paul are the Museum of the Sacred Art and Crypt both of which you enter from the back of the ruins. Opening hours are 9-6pm (Wed to Mon) and 9-2pm (Tues) and entry is free. The first room you enter is a darkly lit crypt with the remnants of a historic tomb which is believed to hold the remains of Father Alexander Valignano, the founder of the historic St. Paul's College. You'll also find the names of martyrs killed during missionary service in Japan in the early 17th century. In the second room, there is a narrow glass case containing Catholic artefacts, some of which are related to the former Church of Mater Dei, which stood on these grounds before being destroyed by the great fire in 1835. You'll see interesting woodworks, sacred paintings and other religious items similar to what you will find at the similar small museums at St. Dominic's Church and the Holy House of Mercy at Senado Square. Take whatever pictures you like and enjoy what is no more than a 3-5 minute inclusion to your visit to the Ruins of St. Paul's. Then carry on with other intended sightseeing.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴 wrote a review Jan 2019
Macau, China2,249 contributions375 helpful votes
Several of the UNESCO World Heritage attractions in the Historic Centre of Macau have small accompanying museums. This includes the Ruins of St. Paul which includes the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt that can be visited at the back of the ruins. Here visitors can few a small crypt and tomb which is believed to hold the remains of the founder of St. Pauls' College, Father Alexander Valignano (1539-1606). There are also missionary martyr relics as well as a side room with historic church artefacts, woodworks and sacred pairings that can be viewed. The museum (free entry) is open from 9-6pm (Wed to Mon) an 9-2pm (Tuesday). It can be conveniently viewed in 10-15 minutes after exploring the grounds of the Ruins of St. Paul.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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jblaza wrote a review Nov 2018
Marikina, Philippines517 contributions467 helpful votes
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The Museum of Sacred Art in Macau houses more than Sacred Art—it is a shrine where the relics of Saints and Blesseds are kept and displayed. The museum is located behind the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul in what used to be the crypt of the old church. The Ruins of St. Paul with its Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt are significant historical monuments of the Historic Centre of Macao and is one of Macau’s most famous landmarks. The Historic Centre of Macao was officially listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in July 2005. The Museum is divided into two parts: the Crypt itself and the Museum of Sacred Arts. Both sections are air-conditioned and feature free admission. The Chapel-crypt was built on the same location where the main altar of the Church once stood. The bronze cross in the middle marks the tomb of Jesuit Missionary Alessandro Valignano who founded St. Paul’s College. Inside the glass-fronted reliquaries enclose the mortal remains of the Martyrs of Japan (beatified on 24 November 2008) and the Martyrs of Vietnam, including Bl. Andre of Phuyen (the first Martyr of Vietnam, beatified on 05 March 2000). I spent several minutes in the area praying before the relics of these Blessed Martyrs before heading to the Museum of Sacred Art. The Museum of Sacred Art houses artifacts from the 16-20th centuries including items relevant to the history of the Church of St. Paul. The items were labeled and the inscriptions were in Chinese, English, Portuguese and Japanese. There were three relics on display—one belonging to Blessed Charles Spinola, a Jesuit priest martyred in Japan in 1622 and beatified on 07 May 1867 alongside 204 other Martyrs of Japan; it was Bl. Charles Spinola who directed the carving of the surviving stone facade of the Church of St. Paul. Unfortunately, I was not able to read the identification of the other two relics and there were no markers identifying them. I asked the guard on duty about the unnamed relics and he claimed to not understand English. There are only a few items, mostly religious imagery, in the short corridor that served as the museum. I spent a few more minutes here before heading back outside. As I headed out, I noticed a set of staircases that lead upstairs. It brought me to a balcony overlooking the Crypt and the reliquaries of the Martyrs. I was able to spend more time in prayer and solitude away from the crowd. Outside the air-conditioned Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt are excavations Church of St. Paul featuring the south wall of the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier and walls of the tomb of Andre Coelho Vieira who was once governor of Macau, Solor, and Portuguese Timor. For a Catholic like me, it is a very holy site because the relics—physical remains of Saints and Blesseds—are kept and displayed in the site. It is appalling and dismaying that there are plenty of tourists who are not informed and simply disregard the spiritual significance of the site. I hope the museum management takes extra effort to ensure that the place, especially the crypt, is properly respected. Moreover, extra care should be taken so that those who pray before the relics are accorded the proper peace and solitude.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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