Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou

The Sacred Heart Cathedral (石室圣心大教堂), or Stone House (石室), is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Guangzhou. It is one of the oldest churches in Guangzhou and is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the Gothic style in China and Southeast Asia.

This Sacred Heart Cathedral is sometimes referred to as Notre-Dame de Paris in the East. Located in the heart of the busy old town, this church was consecrated in 1888 after 25 years of construction.

The cathedral, like most of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, is built of solid masonry, and is one of the few churches in the world to be entirely built of granite.

The facade of the cathedral was modeled based on the Basilica of St. Clotilde in Paris. The west tower of the cathedral is a clock tower, while the east tower serves as a bell tower.

Getting There

Take Exit B2 from Haizhu Square Subway Station (Line 2). Walk west for about 10 minutes until you see the towering spires.

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