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Ruins of St. Paul's

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Hidden : 10/25/2009
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7 Nov 2015 - relocated to outside, so 24/7 available, please bring your own pen. Stealth required.

*** Cache of the week ***
Ruins of St. Paul’s” GC20BD5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 11th, 2010 (visit link)


Information of Ruins of St. Paul's from MACAU GOVERNMENT TOURIST OFFICE (visit link)

Ruins of St. Paul's is part of The Historic Centre of Macau - a World Heritage Site

Only a magnificent stone façade and grand staircase remain of the iconic Church of St. Paul's. The church was built in 1602 next to the Jesuit College of St. Paul's, the first Western college in Asia where missionaries studied Chinese before serving at the Ming Court in Beijing as astronomers and mathematicians.

In 1835, a fire razed both the college and the church, leaving only the dramatic façade standing in four colonnaded tiers, complete with carvings and statues. The unique architecture of St Paul's Church recalls the style of the European Renaissance and Asian architecture in an intoxicating mix of Chinese and Western elements.

Today, many music performances are held at the Ruins of St. Paul's, which, with its stairs and dramatic setting, lends itself as a natural stage. Within the precincts of Ruins of St. Paul's lies the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt. The Museum exhibits religious paintings, statues and sacred objects from Churches in Macau while in the crypt adjacent to the Museum the visitor can observe the relics of martyrs from Japan and Vietnam.

大三巴牌坊 - 歐洲與中國文明的接觸點


教堂成為遺址之後,因前壁與中國傳統牌坊相似,加上「聖保祿」從葡文 (São Paulo) 音譯成中文,說成「三巴」,才有大三巴牌坊的稱謂。牌坊的建築是巴洛克式,並有明顯東方色彩的雕刻,包括代表中國和日本的牡丹及菊花圖案,令她在全世界的天主教教堂中具有獨一無二的特色。


從牌坊後面的鐵梯步上,可直達牌坊的第2層。站在這裡望出去,彷佛當年站在聖保祿教堂內俯覽小城人民的生活情形,必須親身經歷才能領略這種特別感覺。(not accessible now)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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