Ruins of St. Paul’s & Macau’s Portuguese Influence

Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the best known landmarks in Macau.  The city is known for it’s large number of casinos and labeled as Asia’s Las Vegas.

$28.54
$35.00
in stock
28 new from $23.44
23 used from $22.68
as of April 16, 2024 12:17 PM
Amazon.com
$27.19
$40.00
in stock
44 new from $24.98
46 used from $28.28
as of April 16, 2024 12:17 PM
Amazon.com
$33.96
$49.95
in stock
50 new from $27.95
25 used from $16.09
as of April 16, 2024 12:17 PM
Amazon.com
Last updated on April 16, 2024 12:17 PM

Ruins of St. Paul’s sits comfortably on top of a hill in the busy Santo Antonio shopping district in Macau.  In 2005, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The complex dates back to the 17th-century and the Portuguese church is a dedication to Saint Paul the Apostle.  The Catholic church was the largest in Asia during 1600s and a typhoon caused the area to be destroyed by a fire.  However, til this day, the area is still overlooked by Monte Fort.

Ruins of St. Paul's Macau
The facade

My cab driver suddenly stop the cab.  She told me to get out and pointed to the little laneway.  At first, I was skeptical and thought she hustled me for a few bucks; however, the eight feet wide lane had people entering and exiting it.  I paid her then hopped out of the cab.  I took out my phone to open up Google Maps then started walking through the narrow pathways.

$103.15
in stock
Travelocity.com
$183.38
in stock
Expedia.com
$136.00
in stock
Trip.com
$473.84
in stock
Hotels.com
Ruins of St. Paul's Macau
Ruins of St. Paul’s

The uphill trek was filled with people.  The sights, sounds and smells of the area really enhance the feeling of walking through Macau’s busy San Antonio district.  It’s a journey to maneuver the tourists, countless vendors offering free samples and retail associates asking if you want to buy things.  However, it’s all worth it to see the Ruins of St. Paul’s once you pass all the shops and sea of people.

I stood there and marveled at the stone facade.  The lone standing wall intricately carved in the early 1600s by Japanese Christians is a sight to see in itself as I took the 68 steps to have a closer look.  The detail carvings of the Blessed Virgin Mary stepping on a hydra with Chinese characters is amazing and I had to take a second to wonder how people were able to do these things with so little technology.  It’s one of the things I fascinate about like how the Japanese temples, Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum and Acropolis were built.
Check out our other Macau articles here.