Built between 1602 and 1640 all that remains of the church that was dedicated to the apostle St Paul is the southern facade (now buttressed with cement and steel) and the Jesuit crypts. In 2005 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is part of historic Macau.
The intricately carved facade which is impossible to see in these photos was carved by Japanese Christians that were in exile under the Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola. They brought to the carvings an oriental influence – The Blessed Virgin Mary for example is stepping on a seven headed hydra and the Chinese characters translate to read “Holy Mother tramples the heads of the dragon.” 68 steps lead up to the church entrance which is sited on a small hill.
The 17th century church founded by Portuguese Jesuits was destroyed on the 26th January 1835 by fire which started during a typhoon.
In response to Paula’s prompt for Thursday’s Special.