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The St. Ignatius Cathedral

An Introduction to The St. Ignatius Cathedral

The St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai is located in Xujiahui district to the north of Shanghai Stadium. It is the first Roman Catholic Church in Shanghai after the Opium War.
 
At the end of the 19th Century, the surrounding areas of Xu Guangqi Tomb were always the center of Roman Catholicism. In 1906, a new church began its establishment, and it was finished until 1910; it was then St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai. It was also the first Roman Catholic built in western-style with a height of 79 meters and a width of 28 meters.    

The St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Shanghai. It is also the most magnificent and splendid Roman Catholic church in the Far East. Each morning, many believers at home and abroad come here to attend mass. In particular, at weekends or on some religion festivals, the believers are crowded and numerous.

In the period of Cultural Revolution, the St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai suffered from serious destruction, and the church was used for storehouse. All the religious ceremonies paused until 1978 and it was rebuilt in 1980. Stained glass windows, Gothic ceiling stone, columns, altars, Stations of the Cross, and so on are built in European style.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.

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