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Catholicism was introduced by Xu Guangqi and his friend in 1607, and Xujiahui was selected as the center of religion. As the first church in Western style, St.lgnatius Cathedral had been completed for 6 years since 1904, with a capacity of over 3000...more
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No.156 Puxi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
The St. Ignatius Cathedral, locally known as Xujiahui Catholic Church, is a very beautiful Neo-Gothic church which is the seat of the bishop of the Archdiocese of Shanghai. You will marvel at the beautiful architecture inside the cathedral.
We went there on our first attempt...More
This church is easily reachable by Shanghai Metro Line 1. Get down at the station with the same name. The church was closed for renovation. The twin spires are dwarfed by the sorrounding apartments and shopping malls. So quite tricky to locate from a distance....More
Took metro line 1and alighted at Xujiahui metro station. Went to exit 3 to get here. However, the cathedral is closed for renovation. Good to walk around and admire the spectacular spires, towering over the scaffolding. Went to the building next to it, Zi-ka-wei library....More
Unfortunately you cannot get into the church right now as it is a construction site - this is good news as it means this classic period church is being maintained for future generations of Catholics and visitors. This was not really a disappointment for us...More
West of Shanghai’s better-known business, cultural and entertainment centers, lies an expansive area of residential neighborhoods peppered with lifestyle pockets that have their own unique attractions. The schools have formed pockets of international communities throughout Gubei, Hongqiao and Minhang. Quite a few entertainment and shopping centers have built up over the years to cater to these communities.
While living here means you are relatively far away from Shanghai’s usual hot spots, the large parks, spacious homes and proximity to great Japanese and Korean food keep the neighborhoods popular.