My 5: St. Michael’s Chapel & Cemetery, Macau.

St. Michael's Chapel and Cemetery Macau

1. February 2018. “Mate, check out that green church!” exclaimed Wonderboy. We were stood at the top of Guia Hill just across from the lighthouse, peering out over the beautiful landscape of Macau Peninsula. Even with all the amazing skyscrapers on offer, it was this little chapel that stood out from the crowd with its seemingly glowing pastel greenness. “Let’s go find it!” I said.  

St. Michael's Chapel and Cemetery.

2. February 2018. Located near Tap Seac Square on Estrado do cemeterio (Cemetery Road), this beautiful little chapel and large, sprawling cemetery is a real oasis from the surrounding hustle and bustle of downtown Macau. When we arrived there were literally no other visitors, just us and a team of dedicated gardeners hosing down the stone paths and sweeping up leaves.

St. Michael's Chapel and Cemetery Macau

3. February 2018. Built in 1875, the chapel’s main hall is tiny but charming, with pretty porticoes, white walls, dark brown wooden benches and a stained glass window that filters in colored light.

St. Michael's Chapel and Cemetery Macau

4. February 2018. If you’re a weirdo like me and you actually like cemeteries, you could spend a while here checking out all the lavishly decorated headstones and their engravings. It’s Macau’s largest catholic cemetery and the oldest in the peninsula to still accept new burials.

St. Michael's Chapel and Cemetery Macau

5. February 2018. St. Michael’s Chapel & Cemetery is is open daily from 10:00-18:00 and is free to enter.

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 (Kanchanaburi, Thailand)

Macau Protestant 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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