Ruins of St. Paul’s Church in Macau Tour Guide:
Once a grand cathedral, the largest in Asia, the 17th century St. Paul’s Church is now in ruins. After a fire, started by a typhoon, ravaged it in the 19th century, all that remains is its facade and the stone stairs leading up to it. Lush greenery flanks the stairs.
Even these are impressive enough to give a glimpse of the cathedral’s original grandeur. Rising up to the heavens, the five-tiered facade features ornamental sculptures and carvings of Madonna and Jesus among other saints. Beyond the facade is a steel staircase leading up to the top, which you can ascend to enjoy the magnificent views; do not forget to throw down a coin or two through the windows at the top for good luck.
Once back down, do take the time to explore the St. Paul’s Museum in the vicinity, which houses sacral artefacts from across the ages, recovered from the crypt and the foundations of the cathedral. The tomb of the Jesuit monk who designed the cathedral and introduced Christianity in Japan is a major highlight of the museum.