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Out and About: 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.

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The façade, up close.

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The street going to the Ruins of St. Paul is lined with shops left and right selling food and other stuff.  I went to try some (these are my favorites). Yum!

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Beef Jerky

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Almond Bisquits

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Portuguese Egg Tart costs MOP6.50 (P36)

Tips when travelling to Macau:

  • Walk.  Macau is a small Islands-City, so it is easy to explore by foot, or city buses.
  • You can go around the city without paying any money at all via  shuttle provided by your hotel. If you are planning to take a cab, do not agree to cab drivers’ offer not to use their taxi meter.
  • Bring lots of coins if you plan to explore the street going to the Ruins.
  • The local currency unit is PATACA with denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Patacas in banknotes and 10, 20, 50 avos and 1, 2, 5 and 10 Patacas in coins.  Macau International Airport and the Lisboa Hotel, famous for its casino, provide 24-hour money exchange services.
  • Public telephone kiosks are available throughout the city at one Pataca coin for five minutes.
  • Most attractions are closed on Mondays.

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I took this photo while I was at the top most part of the staircase. Amazing!

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