Ruins of the Church of St. Paul


The vestige of the colonial Portuguese influence permeates Macau, making it one of the most unique towns in all of Asia. The most iconic of the colonial remnants is the facade of the Church of St. Paul.


The facade and staircase leading up to it are the only remains of the former Jesuit outpost in Asia. The church was completed in the 17th century and meant to be a Biblia pauperum (Bible of the poor) for the illiterate masses living in Asia.


Upon being expelled from the island in 1762 by the Portuguese during the Suppression of the Jesuits, the order abandoned the church, and over the years, it fell into ruins. The facade and staircase are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most iconic tourist destination in Macau.