Ruins of St. Paul’s Macau
It is the most popular tourist spot and landmark in Macau. It is a must visit place or else your trip to Macau is consider incomplete. We visited Ruins of St. Paul’s four times in four different occasions.
For first timer, Ruins of St. Paul is the most famous landmark of Macau. It was officially listed in 2015 under the UNESCO World Heritage site under the Historic Centre of Macau. It was built in the 16th century, the ruins was part of the complex of St. Paul’s College and Cathedral of St. Paul. It was subsequently burned down and rebuilt various times until the typhoon in 1835 left it as it is now.
You can see the iconic structure and the grand staircase on TV, in movies, magazines, websites, postcards and blogs.
Behind the stone structure is the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt. We never made it there but this is something you should consider venturing too. The museum was built at the bottom of the ruins and houses many religious artifacts including Sino-Portuguese crucifixes, as well as a 17th century painting of St. Michael Archangel – the only surviving work from the original college.
Admission to the museum is free every day between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s is near the Senado Square and you can find food, souvenirs and shopping outlets in between. Thus, nearby the Ruins of St. Paul’s is the Love Lane and a few minutes of walking will bring you to some of the best street food in Macau such as Sopa De Fitas Wing Kei, Cocos Hung Heng Coconut Ice Cream and Va Heng Homemade Noodle.
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Ruins of St. Paul GPS Coordinate: 22.197406, 113.540831