Historic Centre of Macao : Ruins of Saint Paul’s, Mount Fortress & More!

The Historic Centre of Macao has several world renowned sites such as the Ruins of Saint Paul’s (often appearing in movies) as well as the Mount Fortress. In this post, we’re gonna introduce you to what you can see and do at the Historic Centre of Macao!


Historic Centre of Macao : Ruins of Saint Paul’s

Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the most iconic structure in Macao. Often seen in movies, it was listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 2005.

 Arty shot of Ruins of St. Paul's by Kate with statues at the bottom of the stairs
Arty shot of Ruins of St. Paul’s by Kate with statues at the bottom of the stairs

Ruins of Saint Paul’s actually refers to the facade of the remains of what was Church of Mater Dei and the St. Paul’s College (built in 1602-1640). Both were destroyed by a fire in 1835. More description of the site as shown

 Description of St Paul's Ruins
Description of St Paul’s Ruins

If you take a closer look at the facade of the Church, it actually has several levels as described in the text above. What makes it unique is its fusion of eastern and western influences merging into this intricately designed building. That’s what makes it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts as well!

 Ruins of St. Paul's with long flight of stairs
Ruins of St. Paul’s with long flight of stairs

Here’s how the interior of St. Paul’s Ruins look like…

 The other side of St. Paul's Ruins
The other side of St. Paul’s Ruins

 Pictures of the Ruins of St. Paul's over the years
Pictures of the Ruins of St. Paul’s over the years


Historic Centre of Macao : Mount Fortress

Built from 1617 to 1626, Mount Fortress was one of the main defence against seaward attacks and was crucial in holding off the attacks of the Dutch on Macao in 1622.

Rows of Canons at Mount Fortress Macao
Rows of Canons at Mount Fortress Macao

 Entrance up to Mount Fortress
Entrance up to Mount Fortress

Behind the Canons of Mount Fortress Macao
Behind the Canons of Mount Fortress Macao

 Arty shot of Canon and Grand Lisboa
Arty shot of Canon and Grand Lisboa

The climb to the top was actually quite tiring! So much so that Kate did not even want to try! But if you have taken the arduous walk, you would have been rewarded with this view!

 View from the top of Mount Fortress
View from the top of Mount Fortress


View from the top of Mount Fortress Macao!

While you’re at the top of Mount Fortress, you can also visit the Museum of Macau…

Macau Museum at the top of Mount Fortress
Macau Museum at the top of Mount Fortress

Entrance of Museu De Macau
Entrance of Museu De Macau

The Museum of Macao features the history and culture of Macao, depicting its past, reveling in its arts and traditions and showing a little of the contemporary Macao.


Historic Centre of Macao : Sights and Sounds near Senado Square

If you take a look at one of the pictures at the stairs of the Ruins of Saint Paul’s, you will notice a lady taking a photo in the opposite direction from the facade of the ruins. She is actually taking a photo of the streets below the steps…

 Shopping Street Macao selling food snacks with abundance of almond cookie gift shops!
Shopping Street Macao selling food snacks with abundance of almond cookie gift shops!

After a long and tiring walk, the best way to re-energise is through the wide array of food in and around Senado Square!

 Macao - Famous for its pork buns
Macao – Famous for its pork buns

 This version has a slightly salty but flavourful pork with fatty bits and chewy bun - 20MOP
This version has a slightly salty but flavourful pork with fatty bits and chewy bun – 20MOP

 Saw a store selling fresh fried dumplings - smells great!
Saw a store selling fresh fried dumplings – smells great!

Unfortunately it tasted like NTUC's frozen dumplings - Cheap though at 4 for 6MOP
Unfortunately it tasted like NTUC’s frozen dumplings – Cheap though at 4 for 6MOP

 Tell us if you had tried the noodles and congee at Wong Chi Kei! Established since 1946!
Tell us if you had tried the noodles and congee at Wong Chi Kei! Established since 1946!

Closer to the Senado Square, you will also notice these historic buildings…

 St. Dominic's Church at Senado Square
St. Dominic’s Church at Senado Square

 Holy House of Mercy
Holy House of Mercy

 Description of the Holy House of Mercy
Description of the Holy House of Mercy


Other Attractions at the Historic Centre of Macao

Here are some of the other sites that you might enjoy at the Historic Centre of Macao

 Macao Maritime Museum
Macao Maritime Museum

 A-Ma Temple - Oldest architecture in Macao dating back to the 14th century
A-Ma Temple – Oldest architecture in Macao dating back to the 14th century

 Description of the Historic Centre of Macao as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005
Description of the Historic Centre of Macao as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005

 Taken from Sai Van Lake with View of Grand Lisbon and Wynn
Taken from Sai Van Lake with View of Grand Lisbon and Wynn

 Macao Tower
Macao Tower

 Night at Senado Square
Night at Senado Square

Historic Centre of Macao - Ruins of Saint Paul's
Historic Centre of Macao – Ruins of Saint Paul’s

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