Ruins of St. Paul’s
As promised, the mandatory photos of one of Macau’s famous landmarks! (Aside from the casinos, obviously, which also make this country gain recognition as Asia’s Sin CIty!)
Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, the cathedral was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the cathedral the best gifts. With the decline in importance of Macau, which was overtaken as the main port for the Pearl River Delta by Hong Kong, the cathedral’s fortunes similarly ebbed, and it was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The Fortaleza do Monte overlooks the ruin.
Casinos, you say? That’s what’s up next.