The Versailles Century (1682-1789) played out all over the world, thanks in large part to the colonial empires of the European powers, particularly Spain and Portugal. The latter’s easternmost possession, Macau, is home to the beautiful St. Joseph’s Church.
Macau’s most famous church is of course St. Paul’s, of which only the iconic facade remains. Most visitors to Macau see (or are taken to see) no other church.
The victim of a catastrophic fire in 1834, St. Paul’s had also previously been the home of the first European institution of higher learning in the Far East, St. Paul’s College.