St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Francis Xavier Church
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
While Macau has witnessed the meteoric rise of gambling industry in the past decades, this small quarter remains serene and peaceful. As if time never passes, the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier reflects the city's Portuguese root in its purest form. The idyllic vibe of Coloane is best experienced here.
Written February 11, 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
St. Francis Xavier is a European style church situated on a quaint little square called Largo Eduardo Marques, facing the inner harbour at Coloane Village. Built in 1928, it is fairly young compared to the similar Baroque style churches found on the peninsula. The interior, which is usually open to pop in for a brief look around is fairly small and modest.

What makes a visit to St. Francis Xavier most interesting is its charming exterior and setting in front of the beautiful square. It is a delightful European streetscape with traditional Portuguese style cobblestones, fountain along with tall indigenous ficus trees creating shade and local Macanese eateries filling colonnade space flanking both sides of the square and church. It is a lovely spot to spend a bit of time taking pictures and enjoying your time in the sleepy fishing village in the south of Macau.
Written November 15, 2023
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
The Church was built in 1928, located in the middle of Coloane, a peaceful village away from the artificial tourist attractions, on the southwestern coast

It is a small beautiful baroque-style Chapel, once held some important Christian relics, including the bone from the arm of St Francis Xavier, and the remains of foreign and Japanese Catholic priests who were killed in Nagasaki in 1597, and during the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637.

Though small, it is a historical spot worth a visit.
Written May 21, 2017
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Daniel Vince Go
Bali, Indonesia111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
Great architecture styles of portuguese and chinese, and really great place to pray and indulge your self. Make sure you pay a visit here, quietly...
Written December 27, 2012
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hunnybunx
Singapore, Singapore368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
I like how Chinese is being used widely in this church. It is very small but one can sense its' strong community spirit built around it. Lovely nativity scene in the adjourning room... At sun set, the sun beats a path light of gold through the church doors. Lovely .
Written August 11, 2012
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rohit8585
Dubai, United Arab Emirates172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Build by the Portuguese and has an small museum gallery upstairs, well preserved and maintained, must visit when at city center
Written December 6, 2018
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jbgh1995
Greater Adelaide, Australia105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This Church is beautiful inside and out and is well worth a visit. Easy to find with nice gardens around the outside.
Written September 19, 2018
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Ken B
Saskatoon, Canada122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
A small chapel in the attractive Coloane area. I love how this tiny, Catholic place of worship faces the might of the secular area to the north, just a stone throw across a narrow straight.
It is unfortunate that we cannot find this type of history in the other nearby former colony.
Written August 31, 2018
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,665 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
We recently visited St. Francis Xavier cathedral in Coloane village and were disappointed with what we found compared to the many nice church visits you can make in Macau.

This church, built in 1928, as the potential to be a very important place to visit as it supposed holds important relics, the bone fragments of the important historical figure, St. Francis Xavier. It also rests on an attractive small square, provides opportunity for this church to be a very good visit.

The exterior of the church is of the classic Baroque architectural design with Portuguese color scheme, which you can commonly find when visiting Macau's historical cathedrals. When we visited, there were rainbow coloured ornaments on the windows along with other decorations, which clashed badly with the traditional exterior.

We didn't find adequate signage with the church name or any historical information posted inside or outside concerning the churches history and its potential prize holdings - the relics. This would have been helpful for visitors.

Inside there is an image of Kun Iam, an odd addition to a Catholic church. The nave and alter areas are particularly small, can probably seat around 20-30 people at most and the inside is of a modern church decorative scheme, it is very brightly coloured, compared to the the traditional interiors you find when visiting other heritage cathedrals in Macau. For us, this didn't work very well nor was is something we expected from a church that supposedly housed relics of the great St. Francis Xavier.

To our disappointment, we found no relics on display in the church nor did we find any information in the church, suggesting that they were even here. We did find a single side room that has a tattered map of St. Francis' missionary works in Asia (would be nice for them to get a new map and laminate it so it won't weather and tear) that needs to be replaced along with other church furniture and daily use items, nothing non-church members would be interested in.

We felt perplexed when leaving the St. Francis Xavier church. It is a decent church for ongoing worshippers and potentially a nice place to spend time if you are a local but it doesn't, in its present state, warrant the time to visit for those in Macau for short visits. There are other more interesting and important cathedrals you can see in Macau. We's suggest that you start with those of the World Heritage collection first.
Written May 20, 2013
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Andrew L
Hong Kong177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
Having studied a few reviews before I made the trip to Macao, I must say I was quite intrigued by the church and some reviews raved about it however once I got there, all i saw was a very small church with very minimal decor inside it.

The hype
The church was made famous in Hong Kong due to a film that featured it as one of the location in the scene. The church was also made to commemorate the martyrs who died for a christian cause.

Location
Its location is bang right in the heart of the village of Coloane, a 5-10minute walk from Lord Stow's bakery or the bus top. If you walk along the Avneida de Cinco de outubro, you will definitely find it. You just cannot miss it.

The attraction
The attraction is probably the outer area of the church where there are cobbled stones and a statue that commemorates the martyrs. What's worth noting is that there is a Portuguese restaurant next to it and the food they serve is rather enticing.

Once you go inside the church you will be absolutely disappointed since there is nothing of historic value that remains. The scale of the church is very small compared to the other churches in Macao. There are 2-3 rooms available for looking at. The second floor is closed to the public. In each room, you see activities that Macao Christians hold but presented in an amateurish way.

Verdict
Do go visit this church if you are visiting Coloane otherwise do not waste time with it. The reason for the average star given is because of the other better attractions and nice eateries that surround it. Go look at the photos and you will see what I mean.
Written February 24, 2013
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