My 5: Macau Protestant Chapel & Cemetery.

Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery

1. February 2018. Macau Peninsula is blessed with an abundance of gorgeous old churches. This Anglican chapel, discreetly located at the side of Camoes Garden, is a hidden gem that could easily be missed by the uninformed wanderer. It was built in 1922 to serve the employees of the East India Company.

Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery

2. February 2018. The cemetery at the back of the chapel is a beautiful, peaceful place that was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005 as part of Macau’s historical centre.  

Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery

3. February 2018. The cemetery dates back to 1821 when it was created in response to a lack of burial sites for protestants in what was essentially a Roman Catholic Portuguese colony.

George Chinnery headstone Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery

4. February 2018. For such a small cemetery, there are a number of notable graves. But none of the headstones are quite as dramatic as the one for George Chinnery, the renowned English painter who spent the last twenty-seven years of his life in Macau. Chinnery was noted for being the only western painter living in the south of China in the early to mid nineteenth century. His works often depict the everyday life of ordinary people at work and play.

Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery

5. February 2018. This solemn, restful little corner of Macau is open daily from 08:30-17:30. Tie it in with a stroll around the neighboring Camoes Garden

I love exploring the world’s historical cemeteries. For similar articles, have a look at my pieces on:

Arlington Cemetery (Washington DC)

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (Thailand)

St. Michael’s Chapel & Cemetery (Macau)

The UN Memorial Cemetery (Busan, Korea)

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.

I’ve been living, working and traveling all over the world since 2001, so why not check out my huge library of My 5s from over 30 countries.

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