My 5: St. Paul’s Ruins, Macau.

St. Paul's Ruins Macau China

1. February 2018. It’s amazing how few of my Chinese friends and colleagues know about the rich history and architectural beauty of Macau Peninsula. “Six days in Macau is too long, there are only casinos!” What an almighty miscalculation! Start your explorations here in the old quarter with Macau’s most treasured icon, the towering remains of this former 17th century church.

2. February 2018. It’s a busy tourist-infested spot, but there’s no doubting the majesty of what was once the greatest monument to Christianity in Asia. Lock your eyes into its many details and you’ll spot an infant Jesus, the tree of life, a seven-headed serpent and an angel-flanked apocalyptic Mary being assumed into heaven.

3. February 2018. For an enhanced, not to mention quieter perspective of the ruins, there are some fantastic angles to be had from the various elevated points along and atop Monte Fort, the adjacent four hundred year old UNESCO World Heritage battlements.

4. February 2018. This shot of St. Paul’s came from Monte Fort’s top battlement.

5. February 2018. There’s a small museum at the back of the ruins with a display of religious sculptures, statues and paintings. It’s open daily and free to enter.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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