Exploring Ruins Of St. Paul’s, Macau  

The Ruins of St. Paul’s refer to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei, or also known as Church of St. Paul, and located in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.


The church was built by the Jesuits (male religious congregation of the Catholic Church), between 1602 and 1640, and had the primate as one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time.

It stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum, and from there as previously said the façade together with the grand stone stairs are the only remains of this great church.

The façade is 27 meters (89 feet) tall, 23.5 meters (77 feet) wide and 2.7 meters (9 feet) thick, and it is mannerism in style carrying some distinctively oriental decorative motifs.

It is built with granite, and from the bottom up there are five tiers. The first one has three entrances with ten Ionic columns.

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