Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Macau’s Ruins of the Church of St. Paul

An alumnus of Miami University where he received his degree in accounting, Theodore “Ted" Catino is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur, establishing an investment firm and an auto finance company. His more recent project is Gigsmart, a mobile application that helps individuals look for short-term jobs online. Outside of his work, Ted Catino enjoys traveling to tourist destinations around the world, including Macau.

Globally regarded as the "Vegas of China," Macau has gained a reputation as a haven for gamblers in the Far East. Because it is mostly known for its resorts and casinos, tourists may not realize that there is more to this place than its luxurious facade. With its rich heritage of Chinese and Old World Portuguese culture, colonial villages and temples, Macau offers a complete tourist experience.

One of the most visited destinations is the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul, the most treasured landmark of the region. Also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik, the ruins include a front facade with decorated statues and a grand stone staircase. The structures are vestiges of what used to be St. Paul College, and the Church of St. Paul, a 17th-century Jesuit edifice. 

Built in 1580, the church became one of the greatest Christian monuments in Asia. It was twice rebuilt after fires in its early years. In 1835, however, the church was ravaged a third time by fire following a typhoon, leaving the remnants that stand today. Yearly, thousands flock to the ruins daily to visit and to offer prayers for luck.

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