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6. St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church

 

exterior of St Jospeh Church in Macau

 

The Jesuits built St. Joseph’s Seminary in 1738, and then completed St. Joseph's Church twenty years later in 1758.  With its magnificent dome tower, high arching pillars and exquisite altar, St. Joseph’s is probably Macau's most aesthetically pleasing and splendid church.  Very similar in some ways to St. Paul’s, both share Baroque tendencies and housed seminaries that trained some of the most famous missionaries in Asian history. 

 

 fantastic dome ceiling at the St Joseph Church in Macau  organ at St Joseph Church in Macau 

Part of the adjoining St. Joseph's Seminary opened to the public in 2016, and is home to an assortment of religious art pieces and artificats, including icons, books, vessels, robes and paintings.

 

 

Location: Rua do Seminario     Opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Seminary Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  (Closed on Wednesdays)

 

7. St. Augustine’s Square

Frequently visited by newlyweds snapping their wedding photos, St. Augustine’s Square is located beside Robert Ho Tung library, St. Augustine’s Church and Dom Pedro Theatre.

 

St Augustine's Square in Macau swirly wave street pattern at St Augustine's Square in Macau 


8. Dom Pedro V Theatre


The first Western style theatre in China, Dom Pedro V Theatre was built in 1860 in honour of the Portuguese King.  The neo-classical facade was added 13 years later in 1873.

 

exterior of Dom Pedro V Theatre in Macau seating and stage on the first floor of Dom Pedro V Theatre in Macau view of the stage from the second floor of Dom Pedro V Theatre in Macau


Location: Santo Agostinho Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

9. Sir Robert Ho Tung Library


Originally built in 1894, this former private residence came into the hands of wealthy Hong Kong businessmen Robert Ho Tung in 1918.  After his death in 1955, Ho Tung donated the building to the city of Macau so that it could become a public library. 

 

exterior of Robert Ho Tung library in Macau rear garden of Robert Ho Tung library in Macau side exterior staircase at Robert Ho Tung library in Macau

 

Location: No 3 Santo Agostinho Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

10. St. Augustine’s Church

This church is named in honour of St. Augustine, the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and sore eyes.   In its early days, the priests would place Chinese fan palms on top of the roof whenever it was raining.  Since the fan palms looked like the beard of a dragon when they were blown by the wind, the church became known as “Long Siu Miu”, or Temple of the Long Whiskered Dragon.  First built in 1586, the building’s current form dates back to a restoration in 1874. 

 

exterior of St Augustine's Church in Macau pillars, pews and second floor balcony at St Augustine Church in Macau

 

Interesting fact: St. Augustine Church was the first Church in town to to preach in English.

 

main altar at St Augustine's church in Macau Christ on a cross at St Augustine's church in Macau woman holding a dead Christ after he got taken off the cross at St Augustine's Church in Macau a sad angel gazes downward at St Augustine's Church in Macau 

 

Every year in February or March, the Passion of Our Lord Procession begins at St. Augustine Church.

 

Location: No 2 Santo Agostinho Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  
 

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