St Ignatius Cathedral

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St Ignatius Cathedral information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
158 Puxi Rd; 蒲西路158号
Telephone
+86 21 6438 4632
Getting there
Metro: Line 1, 9, 11 to Xujiahui
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The dignified twin-spired St Ignatius Cathedral (1904) is a major Xújiāhuì landmark. Currently closed while undergoing restoration, the 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.

Exit 3 from Xujiahui metro station is right by the church.