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The Ruins of St. Paul's refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including what remains of St. Paul's College and the Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

Today, the ruins are one of Macau's best known landmarks as is evident from the crowds to be seen here. In 2005, they were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are located in the parish of Santo Antnio.

Built from 1602 to 1640 by the Jesuits, the cathedral was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the cathedral the best gifts. With the decline in importance of Macau, which was overtaken as the main port for the Pearl River Delta by Hong Kong, the cathedral's fortunes similarly ebbed.

The complex was finally destroyed by a fire during a typhoon on the 26 January 1835. The most important part of the complex still standing is the cathedral faade, which may be reached by steps from the Old Town of Macao. According to historian, Angelo Paratico the faade may have been inspired by a sketch of Leonardo Da Vinci.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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