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.
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. It was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The facade remains and is probably the most photographed spot in Macau.
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.