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Why St. Anthony's Church is special ?
Saint Anthony Church is considered to be the first church of Macau. The original Saint Anthony church was built in 1588. The history of the present building is introduced briefly on a plaque by the door: "Built in 1638. Burnt in 1809. Rebuilt in 1810. Burnt again in 1874. Repaired in 1875" However, there is a cross in the churchyard bearing the date of 1636. Another fire make another restoration is necessary in 1930 and further work was done on the facade and tower in 1940. The present neo-classical church dates back to 1930 and 1950 remodeling. The interior area of church is extremely elegant. The barrel roof whidh is made of wood has simple trimmings. The high altar is one of the best neo-classical architecture in Macau.
What to explore at St. Anthony's Church?
The church celebrates annually "Day of Natural Disaster" on September 22. On that day, citizens take part in the procession of St. Anthony's image. St. Anthony’s church has traditional pediments on the top and in the center a niche enshrined the image of Saint Anthony. Church of St. Anthony has only one bell tower. Today, the church holds Mass in Chinese and Portuguese. In addition, a "Lifeline Caritas Counseling Center" has been established for psychological counseling.
How to get to St. Anthony's Church?
Take Bus No. 8A, 17, 18, 19 or 26.
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The church is a ten minute walk from the chaotic crowds at the Ruins of St. Paul. You quickly escape that madness and have a nice stroll down a Macau cobbled stone street. Historically, St. Anthony's is considered the first Catholic church in Macau. Saturdays around 4:30-4:45pm, they have English confession.
This beautiful church is just a short walk from the Ruins of St Paul's. Once you get to the top, keep walking and the signs will take you to this beautiful, quiet colonial church notable for its tortured statue of St. Sebastian, a must-see for all artists and writers (and Oscar Wilde fans!). The church is also right next to the Luis de Camoes garden, which is an exquisite little piece of Macanese suburbia and well worth exploring - walk all the way to the top and then down the Buddhist terrace at the other side. Also next to the church (before the garden entrance) are a couple of tiny Dim Sum (Yum Cha) shops that are cheap and wonderful. Visit them in the morning for a late breakfast and just point to the dishes you want.