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The ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

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St. Paul's Cathedral in the XVII century was built by the Christians expelled from Japan, and the Jesuit monks. At the time this Cathedral was the largest of all Christian churches in Asia. A monument of history clashes, connections, and penetrate each other such different and diverse cultures, both Eastern and Western, in the period of colonization by Portugal of Asia the ruins of this, at the time, the largest Cathedral. Today in Macau, the ruins are one of the main attractions.

This majestic temple with a grandiose staircase and the noble facade is preserved better than all the other monuments belonging to the era of Catholicism in Asia. A remarkably beautiful and fascinating large-scale panorama of the facade of St. Paul's Cathedral is opened for viewing from the fortress.

In the mid-NINETEENTH century Cathedral together with the College, built in 1594 in the neighborhood, were destroyed by fire. Untouched there was only a staircase going to the wall with empty openings instead of Windows and the South facade, which systematically restaurerede.

The former view of the Cathedral began to recover. Survived the fire of the facade of the Italian master Carlo Spinola, adorned with exquisite sculptures. For future generations preserved and miraculously surviving a crypt with the tombs, the nave, which now serves as a Museum telling about the unfulfilled plans of a reconstruction of the whole Cathedral with its rich history.

Initially the temple were three entrances with columns. In fact, the temple was placed the image of the virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, on the third and fourth tiers, respectively. To the upper floor of a Cathedral leads a gallery, painted with images of saints and angels.

In accordance with the traditions of architectural culture at that time St. Paul's Cathedral was built of wood, then bright and lavishly decorated. The carved stone facade was made by local and Japanese artisans. The national Museum of the city are fragments of stone sculptures from the Cathedral.

The ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral - temple, an architectural evidence of the penetration of Christianity in China, included in the list of UNESCO world heritage in 2005.