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Macao’s College and Church of St Joseph

This book is about the College (today Seminary) and Church of St.Joseph in Macao and the historical period from which it emerged. It is a companion to the previous monograph on the city’s other main landmark, namely, the Church of St Paul, by the same author. The latter book was published several years ago with the title Macao’s Church of St Paul, A Glimmer of the Baroque in China. In the present publication readers are offered a fascinating account of what originally was built as Macao’s Jesuit College of St Joseph, the second most important example of religious architecture in the city. Like its predecessor, it is also studied from the perspective of the history of art.


From the late 19th century, major urban development started to take place in Macao. Along with the expansion of the Portuguese’ scope of administration, modern construction took place outside of the original city of Macao. Old street blocks were re-planned and revamped, land reclamations were carried out, coastlines became straighter, new road networks were established and a modern harbour was created. Modern living style and environment were introduced into the new districts and establishments, which has provided conditions for the further developments of Macao. “Macao Illustrated – Exhibition of City Plans and Architectural Drawings from the Collection of the Archives of Macao” presents a selection of city plans and architectural drawings preserved in the Archives of Macao. Images on display are organized by category to trace the history of Macao’s evolvement and its geographical changes over two centuries, highlight the characteristics of edifices in Macao and corroborate the architectural accomplishments of Macao in more than one hundred years.