Travel Report: Macau Protestant Chapel & Cemetery.
February 2018. Macau Peninsula is blessed with an abundance of gorgeous old churches. One of these is Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery, discreetly located at the side of Camoes Garden. A hidden gem that could easily be missed by the uninformed wanderer, the chapel was built in 1922 to serve the employees of the East India Company.
February 2018. Macau Protestant Chapel and Cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful spot that was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005 as part of Macau’s historical centre.
February 2018. The cemetery itself dates back to 1821 when it was created in response to a lack of burial sites for protestants. At this time Macau was essentially a Roman Catholic Portuguese colony.
February 2018. For such a small cemetery, there are a number of notable graves. Quite possibly the most dramatic of these is for George Chinnery, the renowned English painter who spent the last twenty-seven years of his life in Macau.
Chinnery was noted for being the only western painter living in the south of China in the early to mid nineteenth century. His works often depict the everyday life of ordinary people at work and play.
February 2018. Macau Protestant Chapel & Cemetery is open daily from 08:30-17:30. Tie it in with a stroll around the neighbouring Camoes Garden. For a deeper look into the chapel’s history, have a read of its World Heritage page.
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