Xujiahui Catholic Cathedral
Xujiahui Catholic Cathedral is a famous cathedral in China and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shanghai, hosting the seat of the Bishop of the city. Its official name is St. Ignatius Cathedral (Xujiahui Cathedral). There are the Bishop’s House and the Nunnery by the side of the main hall. The cathedral was originally built in the 22nd year of Emperor Guang Xu in the Qing Dynasty, i.e., 1896. The wood-and-brick building has five floors, with France’s Middle Ages style. The top of the main hall is flanked by two Gothic belfries and spires, 50 meters high each. The statue of Madonna holding the baby Jesus on the altar overlooks the main hall. It is the very center of the entire church.