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The Ruins of Saint Paul's, Macau

St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau was built between 1582 and 1602. Fire swept it in 1835, and all that remains is the façade, the steps leading up to it, and the crypts of Jesuit priests behind it.

The Wikipedia article says the façade was "intricately carved between 1620 and 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile from their homeland and local craftsmen under the direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola." It is impressive whether viewed from a distance, or examined close-up.

Next to the ruins is a high hill containing the equally-ancient Fortaleza do Monte, once the main fort protecting Macau. It still offers spectacular views. So the first shot below is the standard one, of the steps leading to the ruins of St. Pail's; the second is a slightly less conventional one, a night shot from the fort hill, looking down, with part of Macau sprawling behind.

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