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A view of the Baroque interior of St Dominic's church in Macao.

St. Dominic's Church is a late 16th century Baroque-style church that serves within the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. It is located in the peninsular part of the city at the Largo de Sγo Domingos, situated near the Leal Senado Building in the civil parish of Sι.

The construction of the church was finished in 1587 and was overseen by three Spanish Dominican priests who arrived from Acapulco, Mexico. Due to renovations and reconstruction, the current structure dates back to the early 17th century. The church is listed as one of the 29 sites that form the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The church was built in a Baroque style and is noted for its mixture of European and local Macanese features in its design. This is demonstrated in the use of Chinese-style roof tiles and doors made of teak. The church's high altar features a statue of the Madonna and Child as the centrepiece and is flanked by wood and ivory-carved statues of several saints.

It was the scene of violence in 1644, when a Spanish officer—loyal to the King of Spain and opposing the colony's determination to stay allegiant with Portugal after the dissolution of the Iberian Union—entered the church in order to seek refuge from an angry mob. He was promptly murdered at the foot of the altar while mass was being celebrated.

Sixty-three years later, in 1707, the Dominicans supported the Pope's stance with regards to the Chinese Rites controversy. This was in opposition and defiance to the view of the Bishop of Macau, who subsequently excommunicated them. When soldiers were sent to the church in order to uphold this ruling, the friars responded by closing the church for three days and throwing rocks to repel them.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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