St Ignatius Cathedral

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The dignified twin-spired St Ignatius Cathedral (1904) is a major Xújiāhuì landmark. A long span of Gothic arches, its nave is ornamented on the outside with rows of menacing gargoyles; note how the church spires find reflection in much of the more recently built local architecture. The original stained glass was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, but the vivid colours of the recent red, azure and purple replacements (with archaic Chinese inscriptions from the Bible) are outstanding.

Mass is held on Sunday at 6am, 7.30am, 10am and 6pm; on weekdays at 7am and on Saturday at 6pm (and the first Friday of the month at 6pm).