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St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church

St. Joseph's Seminary and Church

Classic Baroque church, with exceptionally fine acoustics

St. Joseph's Seminary, one of the most beautiful of Macau's attractions, was first built by the Jesuits in 1728, as part of their efforts to introduce Christianity to China and the Far East.  It started its life as a rather modest building, but was soon followed by the extravagant St. Joseph's Church, which opened in 1758.

 

The fabulous church features a classic Baroque architecture and its distinctive beauty has always attracted artists. The church's interior is rich and lavish, with plenty of well preserved decorations.  Its high domed ceiling gives exceptionally fine acoustics and the church is, indeed, an excellent venue for concerts during the annual International Music Festival.

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Next to the church, there is a lovely walled garden with an ancient well (but it's usually closed to public)

 

The main entrance to St. Joseph's Church is from Rua de São José, behind St. Lawrence's Church.  If coming from Largo de Santo Agostinho (St. Augustine's Square): Walk down Calcada do Gamboa, turn left to Rua da Alfândega (becomes Rua do Seminário after a short while) and proceed with it until you see the gate and the stone steps, on your left (It's just a few minutes walk).

St. Augustine's Square is a short walk from Senado Square - See instructions)

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Attractions and Places of interest around St. Joseph's Seminary and Church

St. Augustine's Square (Largo de Santo Agostinho)

St. Lawrence's Church

 

St. Joseph's Seminary and Church is part of our suggested walking-tour:

From A-Ma Temple to Senado Square