Captured from the military fort known as Fortaleza do Monte, these two photos show how the Ruins of St. Paul’s and the surrounding areas have changed over the past 40 years. The church façade presides over the landscape in the 1978 historical photo, while today it is overshadowed by residential towers. The northern part of the Inner Harbor district sits behind the Ruins, where much of the day-to-day life of Macau has endured decade-to-decade. This part of Macau was densely populated even back in the late-1970s. In the background, past the stretch of water separating Macau from mainland China, lies Wanzai: seen here in its original ‘state of nature’. DB

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