Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
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Considered Macau’s most famous landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century cathedral features a spectacular façade with intricate carvings by Japanese monks.
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  • dianne c
    151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catholic ruins with a tiny museum
    Only the front part remains but it was still nice. It was pretty crowded in the afternoon, there's also a garden nearby but we didn't have time to check. There's small museum inside, good to take a look too.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Ariga T
    Kendall Park, New Jersey189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if you’re in Macau!
    Beautiful ruins of St. Paul - a place where I always wanted to visit and was finally fulfilled this October. Unfortunately it was rainy that day and was sick with a flu but nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing the ruins and the cript with the names of all the Japanese & Vietnamese martyrs & Father Valignano. I t made me wanting to study the history of the place it dept.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • fw189sg
    Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A memorable trip to Macau
    Really a nice place to visit. Check out the desert shops along the streets A must visit for family. Plenty of photo opportunities and also plenty of places to buy deserts
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Hugary1
    Sydney, Australia7,972 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ruins of St. Paul's
    Part of our tour of Macu by car. Driver parked and we had time here, at our discresion he just waited nearby, to look at the fort and the Church. It is an interesting site with good explanations and relics preserved under glass. It is in the middle of a residential area and people can watch the tours or go about their business hanging out their washing. We spend about an hour looking at the church walking down the steps and back. From here we walked to the fort
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • paulynyyy
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Landmark of Macau
    This is the highlight of our day trip from Hong Kong. We took the one of the earliest ferry ride and then taxi to Ruins of St Paul's. Even though we arrived at about 10am on Monday, this landmark was full with tourists. The weather was great for photo- taking, after which we headed down on foot to Senado Square.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2024
  • fajaradiartha
    Jakarta, Indonesia4,536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Landmark
    The iconic landmark of Macau, one the most visited tourist attraction in the country. Definitely must visit the place but do explore more, learn the history, and also visit the small museum below. Since the ruins is always full of tourist, you can try visiting early in the morning.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 18, 2024
  • Terrylia
    Jakarta, Indonesia139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's just a facade
    It's called the ruins of St. Paul's, so if you expect the whole church, you'll be disappointed. On the other hand, the facade is quite well preserved, and it has a good view of the surrounding area since it is situated on an elevated land. Unfortunately, it was very crowded when I went there, so the experience wasn't that nice.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 12, 2024
  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,737 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's the must see in Macau but it isn't much
    Yes, this is a must-see if you are in Macau. One of the things you have to say you have done but you will never need to go to it again. The view is spectacular. From the top, you can get a great view of the city. The ruin itself is just a ruin but the little museum was interesting. As a non-Catholic, it was interesting to see the real skeletal remains of the various saints and the various icons of veneration but it was just that - interesting. However, I saw a few obvious devotes that were enthralled at many of the displays. The impact of the exhibition probably varies greatly on whether you are a believer or not but regardless, it is worth seeing.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Roary
    Vancouver, Canada3,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded but still amazing to see
    Loved walking from the Senado Square to here. There actually isn’t that much to see, but the facade is still impressive nonetheless. Made for some great family photos, and plenty to shop and eat along the way.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rich history behind the remaining façade
    This is definitely Macau's main tourist destination. While there's nothing extraordinary about the façade itself (the only part remaining of the 17th-century church that was once one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia) ... in fact, there are other churches with façades more spectacular than it ... this distinctive landmark of Macau has a very rich history. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the place was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Today, tourists visit the place to see some of its ruins and, of course, to have a picture or two. The site is quite instagrammable, I must say. People usually visit it along with the Senado Square. One simply cannot afford to visit Macau without dropping by these two places. But prepare to rub elbows literally with the crowd that frequent them, especially on weekends and holidays.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
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Zhang Ao
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
St.Paul is one of the most oldest church which was built on 17BC. The archerutchre is very old and fine they have preserved so many ancient items.We feel so happy to watch all those. I recommend all the people in this place must visit when you can to Macau
Written December 23, 2020
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luxuryvoyage
Switzerland4,030 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is probably the most famous sight in Macau. While the ruins are not a special highlight, the way there and the view at the destination is the interesting thing. Starting from Senado Square, the ruins are accessible through narrow alleys (pedestrian zone) with historic houses, Chinese food stalls and shops. Tip: Turn into a side street. You will immediately find yourself in the everyday life of the Macau people without tourists. Tip: The short ascent from the ruins to Mount Fortress is worthwhile for the wide views over Macau in all directions.
Written January 5, 2020
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patrickperbkk
Perth, Australia1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the iconic landmark in Macau with great history.
It's highly suggested to walk from the Senado Square via Macau museum where you get the best view / photo of Macau city and Ruins of St Paul's.
The museum underneath the Ruin is worth to visit too.
Written April 4, 2020
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is one of the most original landmarks I’ve ever seen in my life! It’s made of the face of a cathedral who fell down due to a terrible earthquake; it’s a bit creepy, I admit it, but has its charm. On the stairs there are always many young people relaxing and eating. In my opinion Macau is quite an underrated city, but it worths a visit, it’s a piece of our dear old Europe in my beloved Asia.
Written June 29, 2021
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nickelowe
Kauniainen, Finland40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
This site reminded me of the Spanish steps in Rome. St Paul’s Ruins is worth the visit combining the authentic Macau alleys and side streets, and adding a few other sites to visit on the same day.

I started my journey from Hong Kong by ferry in the morning (55min smooth ride), took a taxi and visited first Taipa - a cute little genuine Macaon village with authentic Portugese-style houses, then visited by foot the magnificient Venetian casino and finished the day with a visit to St Paul’s Ruins. That all filled the day and you have time to catch the 8pm ferry back to Hong Kong. A perfect day!
Written February 23, 2023
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Essential on any visit to Macau. The Ruins of São Paulo are a memory of the historical past of Macau and Portugal. When you arrive, the image of the staircase and the church's facade is unique and unforgettable. There is a small museum inside, but the most impressive are the ruins of the old church. Don't miss it
Written April 18, 2024
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The facade is all that remains of the church. Our guide told us that the ruins are considered a miracle as the church burned down three times, has been hit by typhoons, and the facade remained after each fire/typhoon. We approached from the rear and then had the choice of walking down the street or stairs, instead of going uphill! It, and the area around, was quite busy, even though it was a weekday. We were warned to keep our bags in front of us while walking down the adjoining street.
Written March 22, 2020
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Menno d
Western Cape, South Africa76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I last visited Macau 42 years ago and it was a real pleasure to walk again where I had been so many years ago. Huge changes made, very little recognisable except for the ruins of St Paul and the Casino Lisboa, the only casino in those days, remained in my memory. The area around the ruin has been greatly upgraded and is a must see on your trip to Macau.
If you are going to Hong Kong take the trouble to visit Macau. However hire a tourist guide, our guide, Dixon was an absolute gem. He made the trip a wonderful memory to carry with us. Friendly, kind helpful and a pleasure to be with. The cost for our tour was R1400 (US$90) for the 2 of us. It was worth every cent and we were taken everywhere with a smile and great informative detail.
Written January 15, 2020
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is definitely Macau's main tourist destination. While there's nothing extraordinary about the façade itself (the only part remaining of the 17th-century church that was once one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia) ... in fact, there are other churches with façades more spectacular than it ... this distinctive landmark of Macau has a very rich history. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the place was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Today, tourists visit the place to see some of its ruins and, of course, to have a picture or two. The site is quite instagrammable, I must say. People usually visit it along with the Senado Square. One simply cannot afford to visit Macau without dropping by these two places. But prepare to rub elbows literally with the crowd that frequent them, especially on weekends and holidays.
Written April 3, 2024
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jusun2000
Beijing, China66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Actually there is an entry next to the Ruins of St. Paul’s that leads you all the way up to a fort of cannons. A museum is built along the elevator up to the top of the fort. The fort is actually located at the top of a hill, where you can have a good view of the Casino Lisboa's new building at Macau Peninsula(a newer Casino Lisboa is built on island Tamzai / Taipa).
Written February 8, 2021
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