The Ruins of St Paul's is a collective term encompassing two structures: the façade of what was originally the Church of St Paul, aka Mater Dei – which was built between 1602 and 1640, and destroyed by fire in 1835 – and the ruins of St Paul's College, which stood adjacent to the church. These buildings, as well as the nearby Mount Fortress, were Jesuit constructions and together made up Macau’s “acropolis” or elevated settlement. Although now a mere relic, St Paul’s College was the first Western-style university in the Far East and was noted for its far-reaching syllabus. Nowadays, the façade of the Ruins of St Paul's is virtually synonymous with Macau as a symbol of the city, and particularly after a comprehensive restoration programme in the mid-1990s – as well as the recent addition of facilities that help visitors to explore the area in more detail, such as a rear staircase – has become one of its most photographed architectural highlights.
Address: Company of Jesus Square, Macau
Bus routes nearby: 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A