Macau World Heritage Sites 6-10

Macau World Heritage Site #6: St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church

Macau World Heritage Site: St. Josephs Church

The Jesuits built St. Joseph’s Seminary in 1738, and then completed St. Joseph’s Church twenty years later in 1758.

St. Josephs Church Macau

Very similar to St. Paul’s, both churches share Baroque tendencies and had seminaries that trained some of the most famous missionaries in Asian history.

St Josephs Church Macau dome ceiling

With its magnificent dome tower, high arching pillars and exquisite altar, St. Joseph’s is probably the most aesthetically pleasing and splendid church in Macau.

St Jospehs Church Macau altar

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 artifacts, including icons, books, vessels, robes and paintings.

St Josephs Seminary Virgin Mary

Location: Rua do Seminario     Opening hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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

Macau World Heritage Site #7: St. Augustine’s Square

Macau World Heritage Site: 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 Macau

Obviously open 24 hours, you can also help yourself to some free Wifi until about midnight by connecting to Wifigo.

Macau World Heritage Site #8: Dom Pedro V Theatre

Macau World Heritage Site: 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.

Dom Pedro V Theatre Macau

Location: Santo Agostinho Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  (Closed on Tuesdays)

Macau World Heritage Site #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. 

Macau World Heritage Site: Sir Robert Ho Tung Library

After his death in 1955, Ho Tung donated the building to the city of Macau so that it could become a public library.

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library rear garden

Location: No 3 Santo Agostinho Square     Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Sundays

Macau World Heritage Site #10: St. Augustine’s Church

Macau World Heritage Site: St. Augustine Church

This church is named in honour of St. Augustine, the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and sore eyes.  

St. Augustine Church Macau interior

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. 

St. Augustine Church Macau altar

First built in 1586, the building’s current form dates back to a restoration in 1874.

St. Augustine Church Macau wooden cross

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

St. Augustine Church cross and ladder

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

St. Augustine Church sad girl

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

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