St Lawrence Church Macau
or Igreja do Sao Lorenzo
This is one of the more beautiful churches of Macau. Its located on the street of the same name Ave. Sao Lorenzo. Its located near the Government Headquarters. The school in front, a Salesian School, is also the home of many of the priests.
Located on a hilly part of the city, the church is apprached via a dual stone staircase.
Enter the church through a beautiful stone staircase and through an ornamental
gate. The front entrance is protected by a double swing wrought iron gate decorated by a simple Greek cross symbol.
St. Lawrence Church was originally built of wood in the 1560, rebuilt in clay
in 1618 and finally reconstructed in stone around 1803. So this particular church is over 200 years old!
Inside you will find St. Lawrence Church surrounded by a garden filled with
palm trees. The facade is filled with classical features like the pilasters and volutes over the windows.
The facade is topped by an iron cross and the symbol of Mary. This symbol consisting of the intertwined letters A and M, is called ‘Auspice Mari’a, a monogram of the Virgin Mary.
‘Auspice Maria’ is the Latin for “Under the protection of Mary” and you will see this in many Catholic churches and places in Macau.
Sao Lorenzo is one of the major stops of the Passion of Christ Procession held every Easter. The street gets filled up with people.
The streets around the church are paved in stone and the green street balusters are are pretty much the same as they were hundreds of years ago. Note the real stones on the walls.
Click here to read about the St. Lawrence Church Interiors.