The Cathedral of Notre Dame's Innocence was founded in 1842 on Wellington Street in Central. The church was destroyed by fire and was sold to businesses in 1886 and demolished. The existing Notre Dame Innocence Cathedral was purchased in 1881, laid the cornerstone in 1883 and completed in 1888. The first sacrifice was held on the eve of Notre Dame's Innocence Day on December 7, 1888. The cost of the cathedral was HK$120,000 at that time. Over the years, after many renovations, stained glass windows were added to the hall in 1923. During World War II, a Japanese artillery shell destroyed a stone pillar behind the church on December 12, 1941. After the war, in the 1950s the church built steeple in the centre and large cross on the top, while the portico facing the main road on the side of the church was demolished in the 1970s when the parish centre was built. In the year of Notre Dame in 1954, Catholic students in Hong Kong donated money to buy a woodcut statue of the innocent Virgin, which is now on the central wall of the church. In 1985, stained glass windows were added. Hong Kong Post introduced commemorative stamps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the building's completion in 1988.
Down the road from the Taiping Mountains, the torrential rain is not interested in visiting the animal and botanical gardens nearby, and the pure white Notre Dame Innocent Catholic Church adjacent to the primary school has a magnificent appearance, exquisite sculpture, standing quietly on the mountain, people can not help but look forward to, the interior is also very magnificent, heart-born beauty.
This is a Catholic church. It's absolutely large in size in Hong Kong, but it's not easy to find anywhere. Looking down at the church, we can see that it is an asymmetrical cross structure. At the intersection of the cross, there stands a bell tower, which of course is invisible inside the church. There are four chapels inside the church. The order from left to right is Sacred Body Chapel, Evangelism Chapel, Chinese Martyr Saint Chapel and the Hall for the Dead. Each chapel has its own style. Therefore, the internal style is diverse, but the overall style is Gothic.
Although the address is at No. 16 Jiandao, it can't be seen at all. When you reach the end of Jiandao, turn into a mountain path and walk for a while, you can see a hidden corner of the church on the slope. It's really deep. The church is quite simple in appearance and not luxurious in interior, but quite exquisite. A huge cross of Jesus hung in mid-air. There were several chapels and many confession rooms. Such a scale is certainly not comparable to many churches in Europe, but it is good for Hong Kong. There are also large organs in the upper space.
Where there is no air conditioning, the security guard stands guard and blows an electric fan.