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Old Protestant Cemetery, Macau

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The Old Protestant Cemetery (Chinese: 基督教墳場; Portuguese: Cemitério Protestante) is a cemetery in Santo António, Macau, China. It was established by the British East India Company in 1821 in Portuguese Macau in response to a lack of burial sites for Protestants in the Roman Catholic Portuguese colony.

It is the last resting place of the artist George Chinnery, missionaries Robert Morrison and Samuel Dyer (his wife Maria is buried at the Old Protestant Cemetery in Penang), Royal Navy captain Henry John Spencer-Churchill (son of the 5th Duke of Marlborough and great-great-grand-uncle of Winston Churchill) and US Naval Lieutenant Joseph Harod Adams (grandson of the second president of the United States, John Adams, and nephew of the sixth, John Quincy Adams). Humphrey Fleming Senhouse, a captain in the Royal Navy, is also buried here, as is John Robert Morrison, son of Robert Morrison, who was appointed as Acting Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong but died eight days later in Macau from fever. William Napier, 9th Lord Napier was buried in the cemetery but his body was subsequently exhumed and reburied in Scotland. Another grave is that of Anders Ljungstedt, a prosperous Swedish businessman, interpreter and historian.

In 2005, the cemetery was officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Center of Macau.
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  • One of three World Heritage attractions at Camoes Square north of the Ruins of St. Paul, this is was the burial site of the early community of Protestants that settled in the Portuguese colony. The....  more »
  • We stopped here while walking around the historic centre of Macau - it is a short walk beyond the ruins of St Pauls, adjacent to the Casa Garden & Camoes Garden. It was interesting to look at the...  more »
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  • The only Protestant cemetery in the traditionally Catholic Macau. Eerily quiet and soul searching
  • The Old Protestant Cemetery is found on Camoes Square along with fellow World Heritage attractions, Casa Garden, St. Anthony's church and the non-World Heritage Camoes Garden and Grotto. It is a nice inclusion to the Macau World Heritage collection, being the location where you can find the burial sites of the historical figures Robert Morrison and George Chinnery. We enjoy visiting the Old Protestant Cemetery from time to time to see the Chinnery burial marker, being a bit of a fan of his work. You can see Chinnery's pieces as part of a permanent exhibition at the Macau Museum of Art as well. Other foreign protestants as well as prominent members of the East India Company, which operated just next door in the building located in Casa Garden, are buried here as well. You can see grave markets back as far as the 1760s at the Old Protestant Cemetery. There is a small chapel that can be visited at this location as well. However, it is less interesting than many of the World Heritage churches that can be visited around the Historic Centre of Macau. Overall, the Old Protestant Cemetery is a nice visit to make if you intend to visit the cluster of World Heritage attractions found at Cameos Square. Unfortunately, it is not as convenient to visit compared to the more centrally located attractions in the main part of the city centre. As such, we don't normally recommend a visit here for those just making a day trip. However, if you are in Macau and intend to see each of the Macau World Heritage collection, this one makes a nice stop. For another very good cemetery visit experience, you can visit St. Micheal's Chapel and Cemetery (also known locally as Cemeterio do Sao Miguel Arcanjo) located near Tap Seac Square east of the city center.

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