We did manage to escape from the decadence that is The Venetian and make it to this awesome site. We didn’t really plan to go there. I had just wanted to go to Senado Square and shop for those Portuguese egg tarts that Macau is known for. There’s this one shop –Koi Kei (鉅記) where everybody goes to for Macanese snacks and when I asked this man for directions, he told me that the shop is along the way to the ruins, about a 10-minute walk from where we were. Bingo –two birds with one stone!
(Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo, Chinese: 大三巴牌坊)
The Cathedral of St. Paul, built by the Jesuits (1582-1602), was the largest Catholic church in Asia during its time. It was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835 and the façade is all that is left today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site (2005) is one of the Macau’s most famous landmarks.