The Urban Communication Reader III
Edited By Matthew D. Matsaganis, Victoria J. Gallagher and Susan J. Drucker
Part Three: The Fantasies and Facades of Urban Life
The Fantasies and Facades of Urban Life P A R T T H R E E Drucker2.indd 155 05/06/13 8:28 PM Drucker2.indd 156 05/06/13 8:28 PM Tim Simpson Chinese Tourists, Themed Casinos, and Consumer Pedagogy in Macao C H A P T E R E i g H T The Ruins of St. Paul’s is Macao’s most notable colonial icon, and probably the site most photographed by tourists who visit the city [see Figure 8.1]. The ruins are the façade of a 400–year-old baroque cathedral, built in honor of the Virgin Mary by Italian Jesuits who traveled to Macao under sponsorship of the Portuguese monarchy (Nunez, 2009). The structure was destroyed by fire more than a century and a half ago, leaving only the stone façade. The original site also housed St. Paul’s College, the first European university established in Asia, whose purpose was to prepare Catholic missionaries for work in the sur- rounding region. The Ruins of St. Paul’s stands at the top of a narrow, winding lane in the historic city center of Macao, close by the Leal Senado (“loyal sen- ate”) building and Largo de Senado square, the latter ringed by pastel-colored Portuguese colonial-era buildings that now house Starbucks, Levi’s, Giordano, Bossini, McDonald’s, and several cosmetics shops. The structures were collec- tively declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and reflect Macao’s historical importance as the first, and last, European colony in Asia. Portugal returned the colony to the People’s Republic...
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