Continue from last post, we already arrived Ruins of St Paul. What a beautiful landmark in Macau. Some brief history of The Ruins of St. Paul. It refer to the facade of what was originally the church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835, and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, which stood adjacent to the Church. As a whole, the old Church of Mater Dei, St Paul’s College and Mount Fortress were all Jesuit constructions and formed what can be perceived as the “Acropolis” of Macau. Close by, the archaeological remains of the old College of St. Paul stand witness to what was the first western-style university in the Far East, with an elaborate academic programme. Nowadays, the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s functions symbolically as an altar to the city.
I just wondering it is very hot in Macau in those old days. It had set on fire twice in 1595 and 1601. In 1835 the whole Church and College was complete destroyed by fire and left just the Pieces that currently you look at:
Behind of Ruin of St. Paul, there is a Museum of Sacred Art
Beside The Ruins of St Paul, there is a mount fortress.Built in conjunction with the Jesuits from 1617 to 1626, this was the city’s principal military defence structure. The fortress was equipped with cannons, military barracks, wells and an arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years. The fortress covers an area of 10,000 square metres, in the shape of a trapezoid. The four corners of the fortress protrude to form bulwarks.
Walk up to the top of the Mount Fortress, there is another museum called Macau Museum. We didn’t go inside but enjoy the air conditioning at the lobby only. There is another tourist spot at the right of the Ruins of St. Paul which we didn’t go as well called Na Tcha Temple.
another shot for the Ruins of St Paul before leaving this famous place.
Getting tired after walk around the city with a bag or two of almond cookie on hand.
Passby Senado Square again. Senado Square has been Macau’s urban centre for centuries, and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. The square is surrounded by pastel-coloured neo-classical building, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere
Next, we go to the most unique building in Macau, the Grand Lisboa.
The designed of the building is a lotus. You can notice Macau flag also a Lotus.
Opposite of New Grand Lisboa is old grand lisboa.
There is a unique design structure opposite the New Grand Lisboa but not sure what is that.
We take a tour provided by grand Lisboa to explain how the building was design and all the billion dollar antique stuff collected by the Gamble King – Stanley Ho.
Let stay tune for all the special antique in Part 3 :-)
FYI, they’re sitting on the million dollar Status.
Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at at Wednesday, July 01, 2009 by Lim Eng Wei