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Temple of Kun Iam
The original temple was built more than 600 years ago. This was the place where, in 1844, the first treaty was signed between China and USA. There is a small gold lacquer statue depicting Marco Polo (one of the 18 wise men of China) with bulging round eyes, a largish nose, a moustache and a small curly beard. In the garden is the famous intertwined "lovers'tree".

Temple of A-Ma
This temple is situated at the base of Barra Hill. The shrine was erected by the fisherfolk to the Goddess A-Ma or Tin Hau as she was known among some of the worshippers, after whom Macau was named by the Portuguese settlers in 1554-1557.

Lin Fong Temple
Situated close to the border, this temple, decorated with elaborate friezes, was used as an inn by visiting Chinese officials, including Commissioner Lin Zexu. His statue stands in the courtyard, beside a small museum that documents his efforts to end the opium trade.

The Cathedral
The original cathedral was the church of Our Lady of Hope of St. Lazarus, declared the mother church of the Macau Diocese which included the religions provinces of China, Japan, Korea and other islands adjacent to China. The first stone Cathedral, consecrated in 1850, was almost destryed in a typhoon 24 years later and had to be extensively repaired.

The Cathedral was completely rebuilt in 1937. It has two solid towers and massive doors. Inside, its chief beauty lies in its fine stained-glass windows.

Many of the major events of the church calendar focus on the Cathedral, especially at Easter when, in addition to the procession of Our Lord of Passos, there is a solemn parade on Good Friday and special masses on Easter Sunday.

Sao Domingos Church
Totally renovated in 1997,this 17th century baroque church was built by the Dominican friars in the main square. It is famous for its magnificent, ornate titlear,decorated wooden ceiling and treasury of statues and other sacred art,part of which is displayed in a museum occupying the old belfry. Chamber music concerts are held in the church on weekends. Open daily 10:00am to 6:00 pm.

Sao Lourenco Church
The most fashionable church in Macau was first built of wood in the 1560's, replaced by Taipa in 1618 and reconstructed in stone during 1801-3. Open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Sundays and Public Holidays, and 10am to 1pm at weekends.

Penha Church
From this hilltop there are sweeping views of the Inner Harbour and city, the Pearl River, and the islands and hills of nearby China.

The church of St. Joseph Seminary
Open to the public since March 1990. Situated at Rua do Seminario, this church was built by the Jesuits in the 18th century and restored in the early 20th century. It is a place worth visiting, especially for those interested in the art of architecture and sculpture which are the most attractive features of the church. Open daily to the public, except Wednesdays, from 10am to 4pm.

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