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The Ruins of St. Paul's date back to the 17th century complex situated in the heartland of Santo António, in Macau, China. It consists of what was initially known as the Church of St. Paul and St. Paul's College also popularly famous as 'Mater Dei', a progressive 17th-century Portuguese church built to commemorate to Saint Paul the Apostle.
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Out of all the glorious forts in Macau, China, the Monte Fort is one of the oldest and the biggest, lying eastwards of the Ruins of St. Paul's. Established in 1616, it initially belonged to the iconic St. Paul's Church and was intended to protect the church from the pirates then. Later, it became specially a military fort.
Built artistically with granites, the splendid Ruins of St. Paul's has a blistering baroque facade rich in exclusive ornamentation but featuring a classical oriental characteristics. Right from the ground up, the structure consists of 5 tiers. The first tier includes 10 ionic columns with 3 graceful entrances. The entry in the middle consists of 'MATER DEI' carved within it. The two entries on each side are ornamented with bas-reliefs in the 'HIS' pattern. The second tier comprises of 10 Corinthian columns featuring 3 windows. In each tabernacle between the columns, a Catholic saint is enshrined. The two tiers put together stand for the Society of Jesus along with the activities of the missionaries. The other three tiers are the most ornamented. The spectacular statue of Madonna stands right in the center of the third tier, whereas the statue of Jesus is on the fourth. However, there are a lot of additional attractions around such as the walls are well covered with bas-reliefs in several patterns such as devils, symbols of crucifixion, angels, a Portuguese sailing ship, etc.
There are statues of the Saints and the Virgin, exceptional symbols of the Garden of Eden and the crucifixion, along with carvings of devil and the angels, Japanese chrysanthemum, a Portuguese sailing ship, a Chinese dragon, and clear inscriptions written in Chinese characters intended to warn the tourists.
All sports lovers will be overjoyed to hear that Aquafan also houses a lavish Football field wherein you can organize friendly matches. Tourists tired of lying down in the sun have a great opportunity to walk around the football field or the green and shady paths stretching across the park to admire the scents and colors of the over 10,000 plants surrounding the park, from flowers and archetypal local olive trees to exotic palm trees.
Another spectacular attraction around is a statue of the baby Jesus with the tools that were intended for nailing him to the cross. Also, the major figures that have been portrayed in the lintel include the Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, the Holy Father, and some Holy Saints. The middle two floors represent missionary endeavor.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are not required to visit or move around the spectacular region of Ruins of St Paul.All major nearby attractions where entry is charged provide tickets at their respective entrances and designated ticket booths.
How To Get Around?
You can walk around to explore the awe-inspiring Ruins of St Paul, and all major attractions nearby, including the great churches, and more, that are at comfortable walking distance from each other.
What Should I Wear?
While visiting Ruins of St Paul, you can wear anything that makes you feel relaxed amidst a religious and culturally-fit environment. Anything from jeans to shorts, skirts, denims, suits, trousers, gowns, and everything will suit the occasion as long as it goes well with the prevailing temperature and climate. However, while visiting churches, you might feel a little weird walking out in clothes that are too revealing.
Best Time to Visit
Ruins of St Paul is open all year long and, therefore, you can plan a visit at any time as long as you are comfortable with the prevailing weather conditions.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide to reach or move around Ruins of St Paul. Moving around is comfortable, the pathways are artistically-built, and all leading attractions are at walking distance from each other. Also, all the required information is available on this website.
How To Get There?
For overseas visitors, Macau International Airport is the nearest touch point. Comfortable accommodations are available around the airport and you may well ask the hotel staff to organize a round trip for you to the Ruins of St Paul. From the airport, you can also hop into a taxi, metro, or bus to reach the Ruins of St Paul.
Make sure you wear decent clothes while visiting the churches. Also Japanese are very sincere and friendly people so you can politely ask for their assistance in case you need any help with language, or anything else.