Travel back to the 19th century as you step onto the square in front of Guangzhou's Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Apparently the largest all-granite church in the world, the Gothic cathedral, nicknamed the Stone House, 石室, was first constructed in the 1860s, led by French missionaries. At the time, its spires towered over the surrounding buildings and locals allegedly feared it would damage the feng shui of the area. Now it is dwarfed by nearby skyscrapers and cannot be seen from very far, but once on the square, it still dominates its immediate neighbourhood. It was damaged in the Second World War and used as a warehouse during the Cultural Revolution, but it has since been well restored, including new stained glass windows and a better quality roof.
The sharp double spires have become a symbol of Guangzhou, featuring alongside Canton Tower and the Five Goats statue in Yuexiu Park in posters and advertising throughout the city.
The cathedral is sometimes open for sightseeing or private prayer between mass, but the main gate seems to be open somewhat sporadically. The square outside the gate is the best place to view the whole façade though and is a popular spot for selfies in Old Canton.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a short walk from Haizhu Square 海珠广场站 and Yidelu 一德路站 metro stations. Yide Road itself is home to many wholesalers offering everything from electronics to dried seahorses and is an interesting place for window shopping, and the north embankment of the Pearl River is only a short walk away.
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Pretending to be in Europe | Secretly in the arcade [Stone Room Sacred Heart Cathedral]
Address: 56-7 in front of the old department of Yide Road, Yuexiu District
Time: Tuesday to Friday 8
Guangzhou Travel | Punch Sacred Heart Cathedral, one second pretend to be abroad
one of the most magnificent double-pointed Gothic buildings in the country, magnificent glass, strong buttres, diagonally flying rainbow, here It retains the most original rich Gothic architecture and is side by side with the world's four all-stone structures of Notre Dame, Westminster Abbey and Cologne Cathedral.
The sunset of the day passes through the door, and the strong religious atmosphere is so fascinating. When you enter the door, you can feel the solemnity, quietness and elegance. Here, quietly listening to the worship, whispering softly, and making the pilgrims lift their hearts and heart.
Listen to your inner voice. He will tell you that the world is wider than you think. In this world, you can meet the opportunity, and you can never encounter the "God", your own path. Still have to go by yourself, grasp the daily life, take care of everyday life, take care of the unique body, and hope that in this 140-year-old stone room, the scars can be smoothed and precipitate good memories.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral of Shishi is derived from the idea of Ming Jizhangs mission in Guangdong. Ten years later, the teaching affairs of the Guangdong and Guangxi regions were separated from the Macao diocese and passed on from the outside of Paris. One of the four stone-built Gothic churches in the world and the largest stone-structured Catholic building in Southeast Asia, it is comparable to the world-famous Notre Dame de Paris, so that the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Guangzhou Stone Chamber is filled with uninterrupted all the year round. The tourists and citizens of the city are comparable to the Yide Road wholesale market adjacent to it. After the baptism of history, the Sacred Heart Cathedral suffered several damages and experienced several repairs. Today, the glass windows of the church are not the French and Latin annotated versions of the year. Instead, the Philippine company produces glass windows with English notes. The stairs, channels, beams and big clocks have all been refurbished and replaced. What is commendable is that in such a fast-paced era, in such a compact metropolis, there are still people who are stationed in the footsteps of life and participate in the masses in the church. Fortunately, places of historic interest and scenic beauty have not yet fallen to the historical sites, but there is still a more realistic meaning behind it - carrying the beliefs of some people. [Travel Tips]: Opening hours: 8:00-17:30 (no holidays) [Metro]: Subway Line 6 to Yide Road Station Exit A is 470 meters walk; Metro Line 2 to Haizhu Square Station B2 exit is 590 meters walk.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic church in the Diocese of Guangzhou. Now it has become a classic representative of Guangzhou's exotic customs. At the front of the church there are a pair of towering stone twin spires. There are four big bronze bells from France in the middle of the tower. The arched domes, stained glass windows, and lattice windows in the church are all charismatic elements in the Catholic Church.