The ruins of this church are one of the most recognisable sites to visit in Macau, thousands of visitors flock to this site on a daily basis. A fire burned down the church in 1835 leaving only the intricate façade standing.
Naturally, the façade was not able to stand on its own and there was fears of it falling over and crumbling, it was reinforced by steel girders in an attempt to protect the structure and provide it with stability for the foreseeable future.
The view from below the ruins is quite spectacular because the church sits on top of a hill overlooking Macau. There is a staircase that was built to allow visitors on to the second floor of the façade but at the time of my visit this second floor was not open to the public. The view from the top of the steps in front of the ruins is fantastic and it allows you to shoot photos over the crowds of people if you visit at a busy time.
The façade stands 27 metres tall and towers above you as you walk through its entrances. Religious figures such as Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Father and various different saints are present on the front face of the ruins.
There is a museum built behind the front of the ruins where the actual church building stood before the fire. There are a few exhibitions there to look at if you are interested. Other than the façade, there is almost nothing left of the old church so your visit here should not take too long. There are other interesting sights around this area that I will be discussing in future blogs.
How to get there:
Upon arrival in the ferry terminal there are two options to get to the ruins. The first is to take a taxi that is straightforward and can be hailed from the ferry terminal but it will cost more than the bus.
The staff in the tourist office are very helpful and will tell you which bus number to get if you are looking to get to the ruins, there are many tourists going to the same spot so it is unlikely you will get lost.
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