The Dasanba archway - Ruins of St. Paul

Ruins of St. Paul

Dasanba archway, full name St. Paul's Cathedral site, is located on a hill near Daba Street in Macao. It was the largest Catholic Church in the East at that time. Because of its similar shape to traditional Chinese archways, it was named "Dasanba Stele Square". Dasanba archway is the front ruins of the Church of the Mother of God in Macau, and it is one of the landmarks of Macau.

More than 400 years ago, the Portuguese occupied Macau and spread Catholicism in Macau. In 1580, St. Paul's Cathedral was completed. Because of its name pronunciation like "Sanba" in Cantonese, it is called "Dasanba Cathedral". In the following history, Dasanba taught him to be destroyed twice by fire, the first of which was repaired for 35 years; until 1835, the second fire in the church resulted in the ruins of today's Dasanba archway.

Ruins of St. Paul

The Dasanba archway is facing 68 stone steps. The archway and the stone steps stretching down in front of the gate form a famous Macau scenic spot. Dasanba archway is divided into five layers, mosaic from top to bottom, carved with different forms, covered with a strong Christian color of the art group. At the bottom are the three doors of the church, with the letters "Virgin of God" and "Jesus" carved in Latin on the front door and on the top of the two side doors, respectively; the statue of the Jesuit saints carved in the second niche; the statue of the Virgin in the middle of the third floor, surrounded by angels and two kinds of flowers, and the tree of life carved on the left stone pillar. On the fourth floor, there is a statue of the baby of Jesus with tools for crucifying Jesus; on the fifth floor, there is a dove-shaped bronze statue representing the Holy Spirit, surrounded by stone carvings representing the sun, the moon and the stars; and on the top of the archway, there is a cross. The sculptures and inlays of the whole memorial arch are very elaborate. They blend the essence of eastern and Western architectural art, and are a work of blending Chinese and Western cultures. Dasanba Architecture combines the style of European Renaissance and Eastern Architecture. It reflects the blend of Eastern and Western art, fine sculpture, majestic and magnificent. The various statues on the archway are vivid and can be called "three-dimensional Bible". The Dasanba Architecture combines the style of European Renaissance and Eastern Architecture. It reflects the blending of eastern and Western art, fine sculpture and magnificent.

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