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 . . .