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“The grandest baroque in Macau”

St. Joseph Seminary and Church
Ranked #63 of 248 things to do in Macau
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The forearm of St Francis Xavier is kept in a small reliquary on a side alter, but overall the church is the boldest and most exuberant baroque edifice of all Macau's churches. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

St. Joseph's Seminary and Church is technically located on St. Augustine's Square, right next to the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library but you can't access this attraction from this point. Instead you will need to walk down the road in the direction of St. Lawrence church. When you find the church, turn immediately to the right on the street called Rua do Seminario and you walk nor more than one minute before encountering a large entrance to the Seminary grounds.

Like the former St. Paul's church, now famously known as the Ruins of St. Paul, there is a large staircase leading up to this beautifully decorated church. However, due to the awkward entrance location and unfamiliarity most have with this attraction you will not likely encounter very few if any other visitors if you manage to visit St. Joseph's Church. In this sense, we can call this a bit of a hidden gem attraction in Macau as the church is very beautiful inside and well worth making the time to find.

This church, built in 1758 around thirty years after the seminary was started here, is a rare example of a church designed in Baroque fashion here in Macau. It is far less decorative compared to many of its European counterparts completed during the height of the Baroque period, however, it is noticeably more elaborate than the other church members of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage collection, making it a unique inclusion as well as one of the most beautiful in all of Macau. Unfortunately, you can only visit the church at this time as the St. Joseph Seminary buildings are not for visitation.

In addition to seeing St. Joseph's Church, which is one of our five favourite church visits in Macau, there is also, what we believe to be the best church to visit, called St. Lawrence just one minute away. You can enter through the back of the church ground at the turn off which is made to find St. Josesph's Chuch. Other interesting attractions back on St. Augustine Square include St. Augustine's Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre and Sir Robert Ho Tung Library.

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