Adjacent to the Macau Museum is probably the most recognizable and visited UNESCO World Heritage site in Macau, the Ruins of St. Paul’s. This 16th Century cathedral was once one of the largest Catholic churches in all of Asia, however now it is just a crumbling stone facade that contains carvings of Jesuit images amidst a Chinese theme.
Its history is incredibly fascinating and despite the fact that its leaning structure is considered dangerous, the Macanese refuse to let it be demolished because of what is represents for the region: a true union of Eastern and Western cultures.
Nearby Na Cha Temple is both a Buddhist and Taoist temple. The Ruins of St. Paul’s can be seen from inside the temple, further exemplifying Macau’s multicultural identity.
Once I had thoroughly explored the grounds of both holy places with Macau Tourism, I then further wandered the streets of Macau’s historical center with no map in hand.
Macau’s casinos generate three times as much revenue as Las Vegas’ and because of this the region has developed an unfair reputation as simply the gaming capitol of the world. While that moniker is true, there is so much more to Macau then seeing what lady luck has in store for you, you just have to step outside the casino’s doors to find out what . . .
I like how you wandered around without a map for a while – always the best way to get the feel of a place (although sometimes I have got horribly lost!)
Haha I think getting lost is so much fun! Plus, when I was single girl I would just ask a handsome stranger for directions wink wink. 🙂
Hi Andi…that was my dream which never come true..
go traveling to other country…getting lost and meet a handsome stranger to guide me…
Cuz..now i have bf who always protect me from other handsome man…hihihi
Hahahaha well having a handsome boyfriend isn’t a bad thing either! 😉
Beautiful photos, there is so much to see in China, love that country 🙂
Thank you so much! Yes, China is JUST amazing!!!!!
Oh Andi these pics are incredible!
Awww thank you so much Eva!
Love these pics!! I thought Catholics only made it to Philippines ! Thanks for the history lesson 🙂
Oh gosh, they completely took over Macau! The history there is just amazing…
Wow, really fascinating that those holy buildings are so close to each other. Beautiful pictures. <3
Isn’t that so cool? Love it! Thanks dear!!!
It must be incredible to see such beauty on the regular!
It is and I refuse to ever become jaded!
Very very nice…I do love that first image. It does look like it has an asian style for a catholic church…so so so different from the ancient churches in France.
I should have taken closer up pics of the facade, because it was SO unique! Glad you love the 1st shot!!! XO
Love your layout you got some great shots of the architecture
Thank you so much!
Wow – fantastic stonework! I thought you’d stumbled over to Jordan or something for a moment there!
Hahaha it does look like that huh? 😉
The photos are amazing, what an interesting place!
Thank you sooo much! Yes, Macau is seriously one interesting place!!!
Absolutely stunning as always – I didn’t love Macau but your photos are making me reconsider another holiday there!!
Awww thank you sweetheart, you are so kind! Macau probably isn’t for everyone, but because I’m so obsessed with Chinese history, it fascinates the heck out of me!!!
I will go to Macau now because of you!
Wow that is wonderful news!
Great blog, I love it!
These images are BREATHTAKING!
Awww thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I have some serious desires to book a flight to Macau now!
Wahoooooo do it!
Remarkable pics, wow!
Another week or so, and I’m in Hong Kong. I’m very much looking forward to visiting Macau for the first time! Thanks for your post, Andi
How exciting!!!!! You will be there before you know it. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.
Headed to Macau soon, very helpful post, thanks!
How exciting, you’re so welcome!
I think these pics are awesome!
Lovely post Andi!
Wow, three times as much revenue as Las Vegas. That is pretty crazy. Good thing you are showing us the gambling alternatives.
It is pretty crazy stats right? Glad you’re enjoying seeing the cultural side of Macau! 🙂
PIctures are just amazing. I love the yellow candle!
Thank you Jen, you’re such a sweetheart! 🙂
thanks this is a really post!!!
very nice post. good stuff!!!
your blog site is really awesome!
Thank you Anita!
Helpful info for when I go to Macau!
Oooh when are you going?
Best of luck with all of your travels.
Bravo on the pics!
Been twice now to Macau and really love the whole Portuguese section, Senado Square, St. Pauls, etc. It’s a bit hilly, but a great place to wander through the streets. Seems like you always run into another piece of history. And love the peanut candies 😀 Great photos, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the sweet words re: my photos! It is a bit hilly, but a good workout! I love that you keep wandering into historical sites as well — it’s like a treasure hunt!!!
What a cool place! I love that they won’t tear down the cathedral wall. Looks amazing.
I love that the citizens are holding onto their history fiercely! That’s so important. 🙂
You are my inspiration!
Awww I’m blushing!
Excellent blog right here!
So glad you enjoy it Sol!
i became a regular follower of your blog. thanks for all the good info!!!!
Yay, thanks for following along!
Oh my goodness, these are amazing photos! It looks like this is another place I need to visit!
Thank you sooo much, I’m touched! And yes you must visit Macau. 🙂
I visited The Ruins at night with friends two years ago. I actually find the place romantic hehe 😀 must do a comeback soon!
Oh gosh, I would love to visit the ruins at night! And I agree, very romantic!!! Wish I had been with my hubby…
nice information thanks!
You’re welcome Brenda!
So much beauty!! Great that you pay attention to the details.
I LOVE the details. Best part about life!!!
Neat post Andi!
The church facade is crazy! I NEVER thought I’d see something like that in that region of the world. I suppose it makes sense, though, given it was a colony.
Isn’t that crazy??? I would have LOVED to have seen it in its entirety hundreds of years ago. Must have been magnificent.
These pictures are beautiful Andi. I think these may be some of my favorite. Hopefully one day we can make it over there. Maybe we can save more money after Europe and make our Asia push.
Thank you so much!!!! I hope you can make it there too, you’ll love it, maybe not as much as South America though! 😉
Your photos are awesome! I love the shots of the iconic cathedral facade ruins! Quite poetic! Macau looks like a wonderful place…and coincidentally, America’s Next Top Model is in Macau, so I am getting Macau fever right now!
No way!!! Is it really? I want to watch it now haha. Thanks so much for your sweet words re: my pics. I agree, the ruins are SO poetic!
I love that area of Macau. It’s so fun to wander around and stumble down little side streets!
Aren’t side streets the best? That’s usually where the hidden gems of a city are…
Beautiful photos! Truly gorgeous! My boyfriend and I are heading out in September on a 2 year backpacking trip through Europe and Asia and Macau is definitely on the list!
Thank you so very, very much!!! A 2 year backpacking trip? Incredible! What adventures you’ll have!
What cool pictures! It is always so interesting to see travel pictures. Speaking of Vegas, a lot of people go there just to gamble. Next time I go, I am going to see the Grand Canyon. I’ve seen enough slot machines to last me a lifetime!
Yes, there is SO much more to Vegas than the casinos, like the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Such beautiful parts of the world!!! Glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
everything is just so beautiful there!
wow, I didn’t know Macau is this beautiful. I was told there isn’t much to see but casinos, casinos and more casinos. So i just stayed in Hong Kong for the the entire 7days i went there for. The church in it’s ruins looks absolutely beautiful. Don’t you just love the incense coils? Macau looks so much like Shanghai!
That’s such a shame that Macau’s reputation is just of casinos. That’s what I hear about it ALL of the time, but it’s sooooo much more!!! So, next time you’re in HK you know to hop over for a couple of days. 🙂 Aren’t the runs beautiful? I LOVE the incense coils, I took a million pics of them, but some of the incense fell on me in one of the temples and gave me a 3rd degree burn on my finger! Can you believe it?
You lead an adventurous life young lady, very inspiring. So wonderful that you’ve made travel a priority, beautiful shots.
Try to keep life interesting. 🙂 I’m so touched that you find my life inspiring!!! Thank you so much for your super kind words. XO
So, so, so stunning! This had never been on my radar screen before. But how gorgeous!
Awww you’re such a sweetheart, thank you and I thank you on behalf of Macau too! 😉
xo the egg out west.
Thank you so much! XO
Thank you Nicole!!!
Lovely post Andi!
I want to travel with you Andi!
Well, let’s go!
Gorgeous photos Andi!
Thanks Christine!!! XO
i am glad to read this post, its an interesting one!!!!
Delighted that you enjoyed it 🙂
these photos are amazing, i cant believe the building is still standing, lokos like it might tip over any minute.
Thank you sincerely for your kind words! I know, it really does look like it will fall over if the wind blows too hard haha. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that never happens! 🙂
I LOVE Macau!
thanks for being a travel inspiration!
Thanks for leaving a sweet comment!
macau is not only casino and you proved it!
Yay!!!! So glad to hear you say that!
I’m so going to Macau now!
That’s great news Ralph!!!
You rock Andi!
My favorite part of this is how you zoomed into the details. I love noticing what is sharp and what is blurry, what stands out and what is unexpected. Macau is now going on my wanderlust wish list…
Thank you so so sooooo much for this comment! Details are REALLY important to me. We need to travel to Macau together!!!
Lovely, just lovely!
You definitely make me want to go to Macau now!
YES!!! That is music to my ears!
You outdid yourself with these photos – such a great eye for composition and contrast. And that facade, crumbling though it may be, is beautiful!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a lovely comment! I agree, totally beautiful!!!
The colors in Asia are more vibrant than anywhere else in the world, there is color everywhere and I love it!
You are 110% correct!!! There is no place in the world where colors are more vibrant. Love me some Chinese red!