Saint Ignatius Cathedral
Xúhuì (west side of Cáoxi Bei Lù), Shanghai, China
Saint Ignatius Cathedral Shanghai Reviews
St. Ignatius Cathedral (Xújiahuì Tianzhutáng) Aug 14, 2010
St. Ignatius Cathedral (Xújiahuì Tianzhutáng) is Shanghai's great cathedral.
Just jump to the metro and visit it :)
The Jesuits were invited here by a local high-ranking Míng Dynasty official, landowner, and scientist, Xú Guangqí (the district's name Xújiahuì, means "Xú Family Village"), who was himself converted to Catholicism by the Jesuits' most famous missionary to China, Matteo Ricci (1553-1610). Xú is buried in a public park named after him on Nándan Xi Lù, southwest of the cathedral.
As a missionary center, the cathedral grounds once included a library, an orphanage, a college, a publishing house, and its own weather station. Today only the church, part of the school, and the recently reopened library remain.
This largest of Shanghai's cathedrals, with space for over 2,500 inside, sports a gargoyled roof and twin red-brick spires which were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) and rebuilt in 1980. Its vast interior is filled with altars, stone columns, Gothic ceilings, stained glass windows, and paintings of the Last Supper and Stations of the Cross.
St. Ignatius is yet another chapter in Shànghai's living history of European architecture .
Some photos to have a look !
Part of the China 2010 travel blog
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