This temple precedes Macau City's conception. Consisting of the Gate Pavilion, Memorial Arch, Prayer Hall, Hall of Benevolence, Hall of Guanyin and Zhengjiao Chanlin, the complex is dedicated to a polytheistic worship inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and folk beliefs.
This square has stood as Macau's urban centre for centuries and is still the most popular arena for hosting public events and celebrations today. Surrrounded by neo-classical buildings painted in soothing pastel shades, the square exudes a marvellously relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere.
Ruins Of St. Paul's
The Ruins of St. Paul's refer to the facade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640. The church was destroyed by fire in 1835 and the façade stands as a city symbol representing a cosmopolitan altar.
St Dominic Church
Founded in 1587 by three Spanish Dominican priests who originally came from Acapulco in Mexico, this church is also connected to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary. It was here that the first Portuguese newspaper was published on Chinese soil, A Abelha da China, translated as The China Bee, on September 12, 1822. The bell tower, at the back of the building, has been modified into a small Museum of Sacred Art, now exhibiting a collection of around 300 artifacts.
St. Augustine's Square
St. Augustine's Square gathers various classified buildings, such as St. Augustine's Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre, St. Joseph's Seminary and Sir Robert Ho Tung Library. The cobblestone pavement unifies the area and reflects a traditionally Portuguese streetscape.