"St. Dominic's Church" Concelho de Macau Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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  Igreja dos São Domingos
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  • Igreja dos São Domingos - Concelho de Macau
      Igreja dos São Domingos
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  • The church's green doors - Concelho de Macau
      The church's green doors
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  • Nave of the church - Concelho de Macau
      Nave of the church
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  • More of the nave and its high arches - Concelho de Macau
      More of the nave and its high arches
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  • A view from the altar - Concelho de Macau
      A view from the altar
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St. Dominic's is a beautiful, Mannerist-style church that is typical of the Portuguese archiecture in Macau. It is fully in tact and well-preserved, allowing it too be used as a fairly popular tourist attraction. The Catholic population of the territory is actually quite small, so visitors are unlikely to disturb worshipers or services when they arrive. The pastel yellow façade is a bit of a contrast with many of the other pink buildings that are seen about Macau, but it matches the general bright colouring of the Portuguese-era structures that dot the old city. Inside, the wooden pews and open, bright transept and nave are much more reminiscent of Catholic churches in other tropical countries (like the Caribbean) rather than the dark and sometimes gloomy temples that one finds in Europe. This is a product of both the numerous windows along the high walls and the pastel yellow of the interior. St. Dominic's (Igreja dos São Domingos in Portuguese) is further unique because it was constructed in the 17th century by Spanish Dominicans who fled Mexico. Today, it forms part of the historic centre of Macau that has been named a World Heritage Site.

Address: Largo o Senado
Directions: At the end of the Largo, very easy to find with a driver.

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  • Written Dec 30, 2010
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