We did a side trip to Macau when we were in Hong Kong. We went to Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal located in Sheung Wan for a boat ride to Macau. After passing through Hong Kong Immigration we waited for a few minutes at the boarding area until we were called to board the boat. We arrived in Macau after more than an hour and though dizzy from the boat ride, we excitedly went out of the boat, then queued at the Macau Immigration for our entry stamp to Macau.
Considered as one of Macau's famous landmark, the facade of St. Paul's Cathedral proudly sits on a small hill like a pop-up cardboard. To reach the ruins, one has to endure climbing a 66 stone steps leading up to it. History said that St. Paul's Cathedral was built by the Jesuits from 1582 to 1602 and during those times was known to be one of the largest Catholic Church in Asia. It suffered destruction's by fire several times (1595 and 1601) but was rebuilt, restored and completed to its glory in 1637. In 1835, a devastating typhoon hit Macau and again the church caught fire and completely vanished the complex leaving behind the southern stone facade.
The sun was already high when we arrived at the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral and the temperature was extremely humid. This did not stopped us from exploring around the ruins and took some photos in front of the facade as souvenir of our first time trip to Macau. Looking around from the top, it saddened me to see that this historic place was already almost drowned by the tall building around the highly commercialized Macau. Good thing the ruins undergoes continuous restorations by the Macanese government to preserve this intricately carved facade. I have learned that in 2005, The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral was officially enlisted as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau.