Matching Macau and St. Boniface

We had a visitor from Hong Kong recently and we took him on a cruise down Winnipeg’s Red River. When we passed the St. Boniface Basilica we explained how the cathedral had burned down in 1968 and only the front facade of the original church remains. It has become a well-known Winnipeg landmark.  Our guest said, “That’s just like in Macau.” We had never thought of the comparison but it was very apt.  

At the church facade in Macau with my parents

At the church facade in Macau with my parents

We visited the island of Macau many times during the six years we lived in Hong Kong. There is a famous church there The Church of St. Paul built by the Jesuits. church facade in macauIt was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in  1835. The facade remains and is probably the most photographed spot in Macau. 

We watched a play behind the St. Boniface Basilica facade at the Fringe Festival last year.

We watched a play behind the St. Boniface Basilica facade at the Fringe Festival last year.

Two famous church facades a world apart. It makes me think of a phrase you hear often when you travel in Asia- same-same-but different. 

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2 responses to “Matching Macau and St. Boniface

  1. This is so cool. I took the Heart of the Nation Winnipeg city bus tour yesterday and tourists on the bus oohed and aahed as we passed the St. Boniface Basilica.

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