Places of Worship in Shanghai, Shanghai

The flourishing city of Shanghai is made up of a broad mix of cultures, with a large Western influence. This metropolis features a great number of places of worship that reflect the religious dedications of many of these cultures. Most of the churches and cathedrals are located in the central areas of the city, so they are surrounded by other wonderful, cultural landmarks. With this tour, you will enjoy an architectural and spiritual experience in one of the world's largest cities.
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Guide Name: Places of Worship in Shanghai
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 km
Author: emma
St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai

1) St. Ignatius Cathedral of 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Community Church

2) Shanghai Community Church

This multi-denominational church was used by European and American residents in Shanghai as their neighbourhood place of worship. It is the largest protestant church in the city.

The Shanghai Community Church is located in the Hengshan Road in the Southwestern part of the city. The locality is the preferred residential area of foreigners and expatriates. The congregation started as a small group of Americans in 1920 whose church was in Dongu Road. As the number of Protestants from different countries in Shanghai increased, funds were raised to build the present building. The church was completed in 1925. The red brick structure has an architectural style of Anglican churches in England. There are corridors, aisles and a pointed vault within the church.

At first, the congregation in the new church consisted of European and American expatriates who made Shanghai their home. Later, Chinese converts to Christianity, who came from a high social strata, worshipped along with the Europeans. Service was conducted by European priests until 1949 when Chinese priests took complete charge of the service. Today, the service and Sunday school for children are in Chinese. The English service and Sunday school sessions at the church are for foreign passport holders only. The church has hosted many foreign heads of state, including former US president Jimmy Carter, since 1983.
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

3) St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

The St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was the chief place of worship for the Russian Diaspora who fled to Shanghai from Vladivostok and flourished here between the two World Wars. Today, there is a revival of worship and services are held in the loft.

The Russian population in Shanghai consisted of refugees who fled their homeland after the Bolshevik Revolution. They established a small community called little Russia in the city. The St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was built by the exiles at the former French Concession known as Rue Corneille. The location was later renamed as Gaolan Lu. The structure had the traditional onion shaped domes of orthodox churches of Russia. General Glebov, a prominent Russian exile, led the initiative to build a church for the Russian refugees. It was consecrated in 1937 in honor of St. Nicholas and the deposed Tsar Nicholas II.

The church was closed for worship when Europeans fled Shanghai after the Chinese Civil War. It was ransacked and damaged during the Cultural Revolution. The building was converted into a washing machine factory and later, a laundry. In 1994, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was declared a city level cultural relic. The upper floor was leased by the government to a French restaurant called Ashanti and the lower floor houses a Spanish restaurant. During the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the loft of the church was re-consecrated. From May 2010, weekly divine services have been held for visiting Russian Orthodox worshipers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Peter Catholic Church

4) St. Peter Catholic Church

The St. Peters Catholic Church is located in the French Concession of Shanghai. Foreign residents of the city worship at the church and masses are celebrated in Chinese, English, German, Korean and French.

The St. Peters Catholic Church was built by the French Jesuits for the students of the Aurora University. The university was founded by a Chinese Jesuit priest, Fr. Ma Xiangbo and members of the Society of Jesus from France. The University remained a Jesuit institution till the Chinese revolution. After the Cultural Revolution, the Jesuits were driven out and the building became a culture center. Recently, the old building was demolished and a modern church was built in 1995 to house the congregation.

The original church was built in Byzantine architectural style. It had a central dome and five chapels. Religious ceremonies in a small part of the old building were revived in 1984. The Culture Centre relocated and returned the church to the diocese. The new structure has two floors. The church is on the second floor and chapels are on the ground floor. St. Peters Catholic Church remains one of the principal places of worship for catholic expatriates in Shanghai.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fazangjiang Temple

5) Fazangjiang Temple

The Fazangjiang Temple is one of the four important Buddhist temples in Shanghai. The others being the Jade Buddha, the Longhua and the Jing An Temples. It is a major city attraction because of its unique architecture.

The Fazagjiang Temple, located in the Old Town was built in 1924 by the Tiantai Ancestor called the Xingci Master. It occupies an area of 0.4 hectares. It took five years to build and is unique because unlike other temples it has a tower. The entrance door is located in the west unlike other Buddhist temples where worshippers enter from the South. Some parts of the structure have architecture with a unique art deco resemblance.

The Fazangjiang Temple recently underwent extensive restoration. New doors were installed in the main hall. A large modern statue of the Sakyamuni is now found in the hall sitting on top of a lily. There are two gilded walls with images of Arhats. Other walls have golden sculptures of the Buddhist trinity. There is a small shrine dedicated to the God of the Underworld in Buddhism, Dizang Wang.

The modern Fazangjiang Temple is an active place of worship thronging with worshippers, visitors and black robed chanting monks.

Please note that there are two doors at number 271. The one on the left leads into a restaurant, but has a back door to the temple, while the one on the right leads directly into the temple complex.

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