Sacred Heart Church, Guangzhou

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    Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou
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  • Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou
    Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou
    by cal6060
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou
    Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou
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    Sacred Heart Church.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Sacred Heart Church

    The only other Christian church in the world that creates the kind of stunning surrealistic impact of Guangzhou's Sacred Heart Church would have to be St.Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan... Both churches are beautifully grotesque Gothic architectures, set amidst a more modern-style network of structures which surround them. Although Guangzhou and New York are very very different in style, both scenes create the same stirring sense of the surreal... Shown here, a close up of Sacred Heart Church and its twin spires...

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    Gradual Deterioration of Sacred Heart Church.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    As you walk around the church, you will first notice it is almost impossible to enter. The main front entrance is enclosed behind a large wide expanse of iron bars that are locked up, except perhaps on Sundays, presumably... Rounding the exterior, you will notice that the stained glass windows have irregular broken pieces that have not been repaired or restored in any way... It is a marvelous decay, with metaphorical reverberations of meaning...

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    Sacred Heart Church stained glass.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Sacred Heart Church is a French Roman Catholic institution and as it was originally built by the French architect Guillemin, all the stained glass that is used in the windows of the church was shipped over to Guangzhou all the way from France itself... Notice in this image, the broken section of the glass, through which the pure sunlight shines...

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    The House of Stone.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Sacred Heart Church is also known as the "House of Stone" by the Chinese because it is constructed entirely out of granite. The official Chinese name of the church is "Shi Shi Jiaotang." Construction on the church began in the year 1863 and it was finally finished in 1888 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu...

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    Special Features of Sacred Heart Church.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Apart from the granite carapace and kaleidoscopic stained glass, Sacred Heart Church also contains other interesting features such as a huge clock and four large suspended bronze bells which were cast in France and shipped over to Guangzhou, just like the stained glass...

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    Imperialistic Origins of Sacred Heart Church.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    The Sacred Heart Church was built on a site that was originally occupied by the office of the Guangdong/Guangxi Provinces governor during the Qing Dynasty until it was completely destroyed by the French army sometime around the end of the Second Opium War... After that, the area was "leased" to the French and construction of the church followed shortly thereafter...

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    The Sacred Heart Cathedral

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    The Cathedral of Sacred Heart of Jesus is commonly known as Shishi (石室)or Stone House by the locals because it was built entirely of granite. This cathedral is one of the indications the early European settlement in the city of Guangzhou. The site was originally the residence of the Viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces. After the second Opium War, the French Foreign Missions of Paris came to Guangzhou for missionary and discovered this piece of land. On January 25, 1861, the agreement between the Qing government representatives, Wang Yi Xin (王奕忻)and French government representative, Bishop Philippe Francois Zephirin Gullemin was signed. Part of the agreement had stated that there would be no war between the two countries and peace forever. The Cathedral had become the peace symbol of the city.

    The Cathedral was modelled on the Basilica of St Clotide in Paris. It has a total area of 2,754.15 square meters, 35 meters width and 78.68 square meters long. It is 58.5 meters height from the ground to the spires. All the walls and pillars are made of granite masonry. It looks grand with Gothic architectural style.

    I visited the Cathedral on Christmas Day evening. I missed the mass, and visited the church the surrounding neighborhood. The church has the special service for the black community in Guangzhou. It is nearby the shop-houses of wholesale and trading, also a great place to explore the local business community.

    In Chinese: 耶穌聖心主教座堂, ye su seng xin xu jiao zuo tang

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    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 12, 2008
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    The 58m/190ft high Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Yide Lu Street is the largest Roman Catholic church in China. The French architects Vonutrin and Humbert built it between 1863 and 1888 in Neo-Gothic style out of granite that was transported from Kowloon in Hong Kong. The land was granted to France as compensation for its loses during the Second Opium War. Its four bells were cast in France as were the stained-glass windows.

    Open: 8am-6pm.

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