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ERitzard TV wrote a review Today
Macau, China63 contributions1 helpful vote
Ruins of saint paul is considered the face of Macauband is a very famous spot. That is why this is a must go. There are also a lot of restaurant around and theplace is so beautiful
Date of experience: June 2020
Kevin & Hiroko wrote a review Yesterday
Macau, China40 contributions
In our hike of Macau, the ruins were a must see. And then add in the fort. I prefer seeing it in the evening. Great photo stop.
Date of experience: October 2020
Maria wrote a review Oct 14
Thailand39 contributions4 helpful votes
Great architecture. Nice for take a picture. A lot of people. You should try the street food on the way to Ruins s of St.Paul’s.
Date of experience: November 2019
Anthony wrote a review May 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
One of them is the Ruins of St. Paul’s. It was built between 1602 and 1640, by Jesuits. At the time, it was one of the biggest catholic churches in China. Today, you will be able to visit the Church and the College dedicated to St. Paul. Half of the structure was burnt in 1835, but the front of the building stands tall to this day and it was an astonishing sight. Symbolism for the Holy Trinity is carved at the top. Depicting the sun, the moon, and the stars are one of the many elements of architectural interest on top of the facade. The most prominent of all is the statue of Jesus underneath these symbols. It combines a lot of elements from western and eastern architecture, since people from many different ethnicities, such as Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Italians, were involved in the building process. There are many interesting stories surrounding the Ruins of St. Paul’s and the one I found the most interesting talks of a tunnel connecting St. Paul’s Church to the inner harbor. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World and was part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2005.…
Date of experience: January 2020
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OrderintheHouse wrote a review May 2020
Brisbane1,945 contributions56 helpful votes
The detailed features of this surviving façade indicate the World indeed lost a most magnificent Church due to fire.
It is highly unlikely that any tourist to Macau would leave this amazing former Portuguese colony without seeing the famed Ruins of St Paul’s. Put simply, this attraction is the Number One Icon of Macau and for many is the prime reason why they choose to organise a visit here, whether on a day trip from Hong Kong or to stay a couple of nights. My wife and I chose the latter and we stayed two nights at the Hotel Royal in Macau as part of our 18 day Asian adventure to celebrate our 40 anniversary in January 2020. On day one of our visit we walked from the Hotel to experience the historic centre of Macau and top of the agenda was to see the Ruins of St Paul’s, the famous surviving façade of the Church of Mater Dei, which was built in 1602 – 1640 but destroyed by fire in 1835, leaving just the beautiful granite church façade and the 68 stone steps leading up to the church as a timely reminder of the magnificence that had stood before. At the back of the façade we noted that the structure is buttressed with concrete and steel such that the façade’s aesthetic integrity Is maintained. The Ruins of St Paul's collectively comprise both the Church facade and the archaeological remains of St Paul's College, both victims of this same fire in 1835. What an imposing sight before us when we arrived at our destination. The façade dominates the landscape measuring 23 metres across and 25.5 metres high. Also there were just so many tourists and locals gathered on the steps leading to the façade making a most colourful scene indeed. We felt we needed to be extra careful in looking after our valuables with so many people around, as a precaution. An information sign near the front of the Ruins describes how the façade is subdivided into five horizontal levels that have an ascending reading order, as follows – “The insignia of the Jesuits is inscribed above the doorways of the side entrances, while the Latin name of the Church of Mater Dei meaning the ‘Mother of God’ is engraved above the central entrance. On the level above the entrance are four bronze statues of Jesuit saints – Fransisco de Borja, Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier and Luis Gonzaga. The statue of the Virgin Mary is in the next level up, flanked by a seven-headed hydra, a skeleton, a Portuguese merchant ship and a winged demon with inscriptions in Chinese that convey biblical messages. At both ends of this level there are Chinese lions jugging out the façade below the pinnacles. On the next upper level, the statue of Jesus Christ as a child is located, surrounded by the passion tools. A dove representing the Holy Spirit is found at the centre of the triangular pediment and a Latin Cross crowns the ensemble. The overall composition presents a fusion of different influences on a local, regional and global scale.” We were so pleased to have found this information sign so that we could look more closely and marvel at these amazing detailed features, so well preserved and standing the test of time. For us, after having admired and marvelled at the entire facade and its detailed features, we could only conclude that here, up on this hill, must surely have stood a most magnificent Church indeed until it was lost to Macau and to the World through the ravages of fire. However, it is so wonderful that as least the Church’s façade could be saved and made available for generations of tourists and locals to appreciate and admire and for that we should all be thankful.…
Date of experience: January 2020
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