Ruins of Saint Paul’s Church in Macau

The Ruins of St. Paul in Macau is one of the most recognizable, dramatic, and popular icons of the city. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church in Macau or even in East Asia. It was built by the Jesuits between 1582 and 1602.

After the Jesuits were expelled from Macau, sometimes during the 18th century, the Cathedral was taken over by the army and, in 1835, it was destroyed by fire.


The façade, up close.

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