St. Joseph Seminary and Church

St. Joseph Seminary and Church, Macau

St. Joseph Seminary and Church

St. Joseph Seminary and Church
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Art Galleries • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,572 contributions
Fine Architecture
Apr 2019 • Couples
St. Joseph Seminary Building was built in 1728 and the Church was built in 1758 is a fine example of batoque architecture. Inside the Church lies one of Macau's most valuable religious relics and it is calm and peaceful in the church. From this seminary Jesuit misdiinaries fanned put across China, Japan anf around the region to spread Christianity.
Written April 19, 2019
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Lets Go To Macau! 🇲🇴
Macau, China2,248 contributions
Secret Baroque Church in Macau
Apr 2018 • Solo
If you want to see a rare example of a Baroque church in Asia, make sure to include a stop at St. Joseph's Church during visits to Macau World Heritage. Built by the Jesuits in 1758, St. Joseph's Church is just a stone's throw distance from the popular St. Lawrence's Church on tiny Rua do Seminario.

Visits to St. Joseph's Church start with an elaborate staircase entrance, just like what you find in front of the famous Ruins of St. Paul's. There is an impressive Neo-Classical facade on display as well. However, it is the Baroque interior that makes this church different to others in Macau. You will find good use of stucco, marble including very nice Solomonic columns and a generally more opulent feel to St. Joseph's Church.

In recent years, a small museum called the Treasure of Sacred Art has opened up at St. Joseph's. Here you can view 18th-20th century religious artefacts owned by the church. This makes for a neat addition to visits to the church.
Written November 20, 2018
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Harry W
Hong Kong, China492 contributions
A place where you can learn
Mar 2018 • Solo
The church and the museum can give you a lot of information about the History of IHS. If you want to know more, you should really come.
Written March 2, 2018
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Luvalexa
148 contributions
A beautiful church
Jun 2017 • Family
The church is located in the middle of housing area. Going up and down slope road ..
the building is beautifully well maintained.
I visited and attended the Sunday mass .
So solemn.
Written June 9, 2017
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,423 contributions
Museum's latest church museum at St. Joseph's Seminary
Feb 2017 • Solo
The Treasure of Sacred Art of St. Joseph's Seminary is the latest museum opening in Macau. Here you can view a collection of mostly 18th to early 20th century religious artefacts, a nice complement to visiting the St. Joseph's Church located at the same complex. Entry is free and opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.

Generally speaking, St. Joseph's Seminary is off limits to visitors. However, they have recently converted a small section of their building into a 7 room gallery which is open to the general public to come in and view their collection of artefacts and sacred treasures.

There is a ground floor room where you can learn more about the history of St. Joseph's Church, one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Macau. In other rooms, you will find wall paintings, numerous wooden carvings of church icons, saints and the virgin May, vestiments and vessels, church books and documents.

You can browse the full collection comfortably in 20-30 minutes and photography is allowed. To find the museum, walk up the steps to the church and look to your right. There is a separate marked entrance into the seminary where you will find the Treasure of Sacred of St. Joseph's Seminary museum.
Written March 2, 2017
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parmarpritish
Pimpri-Chinchwad, India377 contributions
Best church of Macau
Oct 2016 • Couples
I found it to be the best Church of Macau. Huge, Spectacular, Marvelous and excellently built Church. The lightings, idols, architecture, paintings, ceilings, etc are worth to see.
The entrance of the Church is not available from St. Augustine Square, but it is from Sanbaziheng Street (Rua Do Seminario). If you reach St Augustine Church, you can find the map and information outside the entrance of the route to be taken to reach the other entrance. Also, you can follow the sign boards on the street. Worth to take this diversion and do not miss this.
Written December 3, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,423 contributions
St. Joseph's Church is the third Stop on the 'Crossroads of China and Portugal' Walking Route in Macau
Apr 2016 • Couples
St. Joseph's Church is the third stop along the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) sponsored 'Crossroads of China and Portugal' walking route which includes some of the best historic Portuguese and Chinese buildings in the Historic City Centre of Macau.

The walking route starts at Senado Square, passes St. Augustine's Square and then encounters St. Joseph's Church, where you will find a rare example of Baroque style architecture in China. Built by the Jesuits in 1758 this is a small but lovely church to visit. Interestingly, there are usually no (or very few) visitors here. Over the years, I have rarely seen more then 1-2 tourists at St. Joseph's when I've stopped by. St. Joseph's Church is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

A stop at St. Joseph's will take no more than 15-20 minutes. You then proceed to the next attraction along the Crossroads of China and Portugal walking tour - St. Lawrence's Church, which is just a couple minutes away by foot.

Note: You can find more information about St. Joseph's Seminary and Church on the MGTO website

Note: There are maps, downloadable PDF and apps for the Crossroads of China and Portugal' walking route on the MGTO website as well.

Note: The rest of the MGTO 'Crossroads of China and Portugal' route includes Senado Square, St. Augustine's Square, St. Lawrence's Church, Lilau Square, Mandarin's House, A-Ma Temple and the Maritime Museum at Barra Square.
Written May 20, 2016
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well_Edward
10 contributions
A peaceful place
Apr 2016 • Solo
I think I am blessed by god that god bring me to this place. This place is peaceful, unlike the crowded casino. I can quietly to study in this place. But I do not study. I looking for the structure of the church. No long later I leave.
Written May 6, 2016
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RayAnh72
Hong Kong, China664 contributions
Simply beautiful, impressive, memorable
Apr 2016 • Couples
On the winding way from Leal Senado to the Mandarin’s House, we stepped, by chance and out of curiosity, through the open gate to the Seminario de S. Jose, leading to an impressive flight of granite steps and the façade of a beautiful baroque church. It turns out that this church was built around 1750 by the Jesuits as part of their seminary. It has been artfully renovated less than 20 years ago. This is not a tourist spot by any means, but as a quiet and respectful tourist you’ll be glad to find it. A bone from the arm of Francis Xavier, who died not far from Macau in 1552, is visible on the side altar to the right. To me, this is the kind of place that make a trip to Macau memorable.
Written May 4, 2016
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SalinaTai
Brisbane, Australia49 contributions
Unfriendly security
Mar 2016
Usually I don't like to go there unless it's necessary . The security guy was very weird . Very friendly, I'm not sure is it because not many people go to the church , the people work there looks like not get used to other people get in the church. Always stare at people with a weird way . And sometimes the security fell asleep on the floor in the church , really not sure it's a good idea to get in the church
Written March 3, 2016
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St. Joseph Seminary and Church is open:
  • Thu - Tue 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM