St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, Shanghai

St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, Shanghai

Built after the opium wars, the St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai is one of the most beautiful churches in the Far East. The parish consists today of over 2000 members.

The grand cathedral with twin brick spires was built in 1910 by the Jesuits who were the first Europeans to settle in Shanghai. The cathedral is dedicated to their founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The design was by English architect, William Doyle, and a French Jesuit order constructed the church between 1905 and 1910. The church has a Gothic architectural style and at the time of its completion was the first European style building in Shanghai. The 64 columns are made of stone quarried from the Jin Mountain in Suzhou. It has 19 altars including one that was elaborately carved and shipped from Paris. The church can hold a congregation of 2,500 worshipers.

The St. Ignatius cathedral was vandalized in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution and the stained glass windows destroyed. The church underwent extensive restoration and opened again for worship in 1978. The first Chinese mass was celebrated in 1989 and new stained glass windows with Chinese characters and icons have been recently installed.
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Sight Name: St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Places of Worship in Shanghai  

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