Built in the 1590’s the St. Dominic’s Church in Macau is one of the most fascinating attractions. With a colourful history to boast and architectural styles portraying the significant influence of the Spanish and Portuguese in the island, it is an iconic structure in the city.
The history of the church, and all what the four walls have seen and heard, makes it a unique attraction. The elaborate façade of baroque sculpture provides a distracting pretence for the passion, violence, deception and assassination that has taken place inside this place of worship.
Today it is one of the most stunning structures in Macau and is located at a street intersection in the heart of Leal Senado Plaza and its dramatic façade catches one’s eye even in the passing. It is a church designed in Filipino style and is decorated with cream coloured stones, windows with green shutters, and stuccowork mouldings, plaster and decorations.
If you have time venture inside to have a look at the most amazingly ornate and decorated massive alter. The alter also features a lovely bust of the Virgin and Child and throughout the rest of the church one can view images of various saints exquisitely carved in wood and ivory.
In 1997 the St. Dominic’s Church was refurbished with an additional museum to make it more public friendly. The museum is on the upper floor of the sacristy which can be accessed through a pathway located on the right side of the main structure. The museum houses liturgical ornaments, paintings and sculptures that portray the establishments and growth of Roman Catholic churches in Asia. The St. Dominic’s Church itself features a typical Portuguese and Spanish layout and a Jesuit mannerist architectural structural design.
Visitors to Macau can explore various other places of worship, both Christian and Buddhist, and various other attractions that portray the vivid and vibrant culture and history. Various accommodation options are available and for those seeking Macau hotels, there are various choices. Luxury hotels Macau, 5-star hotels, and even apartments, can be booked through the Internet. For those seeking luxury accommodations at a convenient location the best options are provided at Galaxy Macau Resort Hotel.