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St Dominic's Church Macau, Macau Overview

St Dominic's Church in Macau is a traditional 16th-century Baroque style Catholic church located near the Leal Senado Building. A part of Historic Centre of Macau, it serves the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. The Treasure of Sacred Art Museum here features around 300 stunning collections of Catholic art and sculptures.

Constructed by three Spanish Dominican priests in the late 16th century, St Dominic's Church in Macau is a confluence of Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese style of architecture with catholic culture. The huge doors separate the cacophony of the square outside from the serene silence that fills the church. St Dominic's Church is best visited on a pleasant walk from Senado Square or Ruins of St Paul's.

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Architecture of St Dominic's Church Macau

The Church of St Dominic from the outside is made of brilliant yellow stone and pure white mortar. 

Halls
This sacred place of worship has three halls. The side halls of the church are separated from the main altar by arched brick gates. The ceiling is carved majestically with Spanish crowns. The main hall follows the traditional Catholic style interior that uses coloured stained glasses. The Macanese influence comes to life in the Chinese style roof tiles of the church. Furthermore, the doors are made of teak which speaks volumes of the local culture and architecture of Macau.

Artefacts and Sculptures
St Dominic's Church leaves one smitten with its intriguing oil paintings and statues one of which being the outstanding statue of Jesus Christ. The statue of “The Virgin and Child” placed on the altar along with wood and ivory carved statues of several saints is a key attraction over here that draws tourists and spiritually inclined people from far and wide. There are approximately three hundred pieces of religious works of art and artefacts.

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How to Reach St Dominic's Church in Macau

St. Dominic’s Church is situated in the heart of the famous Senado Square (near Leal Senado Building), which is the focal point of Macau in China. It can be reached either by car or bus.

Taxi: Hire a cab from Macau Ferry Terminal to set out for the church. The Terminal is a bit far but it is a good idea if one wants to stop at other tourist attractions in between like malls, casinos etc.

Bus: Alternatively, get onto bus No.3, 3, 3 A, 4, 5, 7, 8 A, 10, 10 A, 11, 18, 19, 21 A, 26 A, or 33 to get to the St Dominic Church.

Need to Know

  • For the ones interested in attending the mass are advised to keep track of the mass schedules either online or from the church itself. 
  • St. Dominic’s Church is a hotspot for music concerts and is well renowned for its yearly Macau International Music Festival. 

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