The most dramatic symbol of Macau is the towering facade of the Jesuit church
of the Mother of God (Madre de Deus), commonly known as St Paul (Sao Paulo).
St. Paul College was the first western college in east Asia where the noted Jesuits Matteo Ricci and Adam Schall and others studied.
The Tour Machine at the foot of the Jesuit Square.
Designed by an Italian and built by Japanese craftsmen beginning in 1602, St Paul’s stunning Spanish-style retable-facade with four colonnaded tiers, made it the grandest Christian edifice in Asia.
Jesuit Square: House on Largo da Companhia de Jesus, nos. 4 and 6. The house is representative of the neoclassic architectural style.
Jesuit Square fountain depicting the Portuguese sailor relating with the native Chinese lady – forbears of the Macanese.
Looking down the Jesuit Square from the ruins.
The open plaza where the nave of the Mother of God Church use to be.
A fire that started in the kitchen of St Paul college in 1835 destroyed both the college and the church, so that all that remains today is the facade with its marvelous statues and reliefs.