Taipa and Coloane Churches

Taipa Churches: Our Lady Of Carmel Church

(Taipa Village)

Taipa Churches: Our Lady Of Carmel Church

The only church in Taipa, Our Lady of Carmel was built in 1885.  English mass is held on Saturday evenings at 6:30 pm and on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

Our Lady Of Carmel Church cross

Another Church that I hardly ever see open, I strongly doubt if their official opening hours are correct. 

Our Lady Of Carmel Church main altar

They’re also very strict about taking photos inside, which is why I don’t have better ones.

Our Lady Of Carmel Church side altar

Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 am to 6:00 pm

Coloane Churches: Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

(Coloane Village)

Coloane churches: Chapel of St. Francis of Xavier

Japanese Christians often visit this Church, named after Japan’s first Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier.

Chapel of St. Francis Xavier interior

One of the bones from the Saint’s arm is stored in the Church along with the remains of Japanese Christians who were slaughtered in Nagasaki in 1597 and during the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion.

Coloane churches: Chapel of St. Francis of Xavier idol

Another fallen Japanese or Korean missionary is honoured in the side chamber.

Chapel of St. Francis Xavier Korean idol in side chamber

Chapel of St. Francis Xavier was built in 1928, in the same baroque tradition of Macau’s other major churches.  The monument outside the Church celebrates a 1910 victory over pirates.

Chapel of St. Francis Xavier pews and door

Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Coloane Churches: Our Lady of Sorrows

(Ka Ho)

Coloane churches: Church of Our Lady of Sorrow

The poor people afflicted with leprosy eventually got moved down to the Ka Ho settlement in Coloane in 1947.

Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows was built for them in 1966; the architecture conceived by two Italian sculptors.

Coloane churches: Church of Our Lady of Sorrow side view

The row of recently refurbished houses next to the church are where the lepers used to live.  Unfortunately, Our Lady of Sorrows never opens, but it’s still worth visiting if you’re around Ka Ho Village.

Church of Our Lady of Sorrows old leper building

Taipa and Coloane Church Locations

Now that you’ve seen all of Macau’s churches, why not check out Macau’s excellent temples?

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