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St. Lawrence’s Church, Macau

St. Lawrence's Church

One of Macau's three oldest churches

Well distinguished for its impressive twin towers, St. Lawrence's Church is one of Macau's three oldest churches. 

 

The original structure was built of wood in the 1560s, it was then rebuilt in clay in the early 17th century and the current stone building was erected only towards the mid 19th century.

 

In front of the church there is a flight of stone stairs, facing Rua de São Lourenço.

Back in the old days, families of Portuguese sailors used to stand on these stairs, facing the coast, and pray for the safe return of their beloved ones...

This spot can give you an idea of just how much reclamation projects and intensive urbanization have changed the face of Macau... 

 

Going inside, the church is quite lavishly decorated, with a beautiful turquoise wooden-ceiling, white and gold beams, sophisticated woodwork and chandeliers.

 

Around the church there is a small garden and at the back there is a small gate, through which you can access Rua da Prata and the junction of Rua de São José where the grand entrance to St. Joseph's Seminary and Church is located.

 

Getting there: St. Lawrence's Church is located along the "Historic Centre of Macau" trail - a short walk from either Largo do Lilau  or St. Augustine's Square.

(You can either come from A-Ma Temple and the Maritime Museum or from Senado Square).

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Some other attractions and places of interest around St. Lawrence's Church:

Lilau Square (Largo do Lilau)

Moorish Barracks and the Mandarin's House

Macau Maritime Museum

A-Ma temple

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

St. Joseph's Seminary and Church

 

St. Lawrence's Church is part of our suggested walking-tour:

From A-Ma Temple to Senado Square