Perhaps the most popular landmark in Macau is the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Originally the façade of St. Paul’s Church, this is the only remains after the destruction by fire and natural disasters in the 1600s and 1830s. Chinese name: 大三巴牌坊
What is Ruins of St. Paul’s
This façade is 25.5 metres high with the signature triangle on the top that represents the Holy Spirit. It was a baroque façade and classical oriental aesthetics. The structure is made up of 5 tiers.
- 10 Ionic columns with 3 entrances
- 10 Corinthian columns with 3 large windows
- Statue of Madonna (not the singer)
- Statue of Jesus
- Triangle that represents the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
You can see a cross standing tall on the top of the façade.
Interesting Thing About The Façade
The interesting thing about this façade is the combination of the work of eastern traditions. If you look closely, you can see stone lions on the side of the third and fourth tiers. These are a very Chinese icon to signify wealth and prosperity. Spot the chrysanthemum, cherry and Chinese characters too. The last standing piece of St. Paul’s Church is a perfect balance between the East and West. In fact, this piece of art is noted in UNESCO’s Atlas Mundial de la Arquitectura Barroca.
Getting To Ruins of St. Paul’s
The Ruin’s of St. Paul’s is located at the end of the pedestrian-only historic area. From the centre of town, talk through Senado Square to the ruins. Take the escalator through Macau Museum to the ramparts. It takes about 10-15min via walking.
To get to the centre of town, either take the free shuttle bus provided by the hotels or public bus and alight at/near Senado Square.
Information on Ruins of St. Paul’s
Name of Attraction: Ruins of St. Paul’s
Address: along R. de Sao Paulo
Ruins of St. Paul’s: 24/7, open space and open to public
Monte Fort: 06:00-19:00 (May-Sep), 07:00-18:00 (Oct-Apr)
Macau Museum: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
Bus Route: Bus No.8A, 17, 18, 19, 26
The Ruins of St. Paul’s is always extremely packed with people, armed with selfie sticks. Try to visit there as early as possible, where the crowd and tour groups are significantly less. There, you can take nicer pictures. In addition, visit the Monte Fort and Macau Museum nearby while you are at it!