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“Best thing to see in Macau”

Ruins of St. Paul's
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Owner description: Considered Macau’s most famous landmark, the ruins of this 16th-century cathedral features a spectacular façade with intricate carvings by Japanese monks.
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“Best thing to see in Macau”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

We visited st Paul's Cathedral ruins as part of a day trip to Macau from Hong Kong booked through Viator. We were dropped off at the Cathedral by our tour bus a couple of streets from the Cathedral and arrived at the cathedral ruins from the rear. This meant we did not have to walk up the many many steps to get to the ruins which was good. The ruins are the facade of the front of the cathedral as you see in all the photos. There is nothing to see behind the facade except the supports and some garden beds. We walked down the stairs and took photos looking back up at the facade and then continued on walking though some back streets to see how people of Macau live. The majority of tourists head straight down the Main Street which is lined with market stalls and expensive brand name stores. The less touristy walk to the right at the bottom of the cathedral steps is definitely the better way to go in our opinion. Although the ruins are interesting it does look exactly like the photo and there isn't anything else to see but the ruins (facade) so if that's all you are going to Macau to see save yourself the long wait at immigration to and from Hong Kong.

Visited April 2014
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“Just like a postcard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Very spectacular facade and definitely worth the trip. Spend a whole day or half a day. Walk around, stay for lunch and visit the nearby museum. The museum is worth visiting if you want to know more of the history of Macau. I personally found it very educational taking my time exploring. The egg tart and Grilled BBQ Pork (Bakwa) is really yummy. Gotta try them.

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Number 1 attaction in Macau!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Number 1 attraction to visit in macau.. it is a miracle and I always wondered how does this piece of wall still stands on it's own. Start the tour from senado square where you can slowly walk through an alley of shops to the ruins of st. paul and thereafter go to the musuem and fortress on the hill next to the ruins.

Visited April 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Superb ruins, well worth the visit and the shops nearby make it even more enjoyable. Loads of steps to walk up to it but it is worth the climb

Visited April 2014
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“Beautiful but read the history before going to appreciate it more”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

There really isn't much left of this ruin. We took the hydrofoil from HK to Macau (which made me sea sick by the way). It was an hour ride. To have greater appreciation of this ruin, it is advised that you read about the history before arriving; otherwise it will just seem like another photo opp. There is a small gallery at the back of it and a museum to the right of it. We walked around Macau near the ruins but didn't go to the casino because we didn't have time.

Visited May 2013
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