Photographer's Note

The main element of the so-called St. Paul's Ruins is the main façade of the old Church of Mater Dei. Established in 1580, the church suffered two fires In 1595 and 1601, respectively, later being reconstructed in 1602.
It is possible to observe the foundation stone at the base of the façade, on the left side.

The architectural concept was authored by the Jesuit Carlo Spinola. The works would only be concluded later on, in 1637-1640, noting that the façade of the old church dates from this period.
In 1835, the church suffered its THIRD FIRE, in which it almost perished completely, only remaining the main façade and its foundations.
Since then, what is left from the old church has become what is known worldwide as St. Paul's Ruins, from which the term "Sam Po" is recognized in Chinese, while the façade of the old church itself is known as
"Pai Fong" in Chinese, as it resembles a commemorative traditional Chinese arch.
As RuÍnas de S Paulo tem como elemento principal a fachada da antlga Igreja da Madre de Deus. Fundada em 158O a Igreja sofreu dois incÊndIos em 1595 e em 1601, tendo sido reconstruída em 1602. A pedra de fundação é visível no lado esquerdo. A obra é de autoria do Jesuita Carlo Spinola.
Em 1835, a Igreja sofreu um terceiro incendlo, que a destruíu quase na totalidade restando apenas a
fechada principal e as fundacões. Tornou-se mundialmente conhecido pela denomlnacão "Ruinas de S. Paulo", donde derivam as palavras "Sam Pa" em chines.
A fachada da antiga Igreja passou a ser denominada por
"Pai Fong" em chines, por se assemelhar a um arco comemorativo tradicional chinês.

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Model - NIKON D700
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:10:10 14:50:58
ExposureTime - 1/640 seconds
FNumber - 7.10
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
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FocalLength - 58.00 mm
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 58 mm
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