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St. Joseph's Cathedral (East/Main Street India Church)

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Catholicism in a Communist State

I've passed the Cathedral many times but took occasion to visit today. It is a building, built to the glory of God, that built in 1905 withstood the Cultural Revolution and is... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Nigel G
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

it's beside our hotel, Sunworld Dynasty, altho we were not able to enter the Cathedral, and we passed by everytime we walk to the shopping malls, there were a group of dancers enjoying themselves nightly, dancing their problem away.

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Lake Charles, La
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised to come across this Catholic Cathedral built in 1655. Still in good shape and mass is said in Mandarin

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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I've passed the Cathedral many times but took occasion to visit today. It is a building, built to the glory of God, that built in 1905 withstood the Cultural Revolution and is still in place today as a place of worship. The interior is simple. It's well worth a visit - stroll around and find some peace from the outside... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Located on Wangfujing shopping street this functioning Catholic Church is one of the oldest in China. Worth popping in for a respectful view if you're in the area. Architecturally fairly impressive and the area is generally quieter than the nearby shopping area, making a nice respite.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Located on Wanfujing Street, this Catholic church was originally built in 1655 during the early Ming dynasty. This church is now one of the impressive buildings in Beijing's modern city centre and is a nice place to visit. Masses are held in Mandarin.

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

In the middle of Beijing, all of a sudden there is this nice little church that definitely reminded of home. We chanced upon a mass, the language was mandarin but it was nice still. Some street artists also gathered there. An old man who does calligraphy on the ground with water was also there. It was a nice area to... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

We must’ve been to Wangfujing on more than 10 occasions. However on this latest trip, it was Spring Festival time and there was hardly anybody on the streets. I think because of this reason, we were able to notice more things than if it was crowded. We were walking and then there it was. The church is such a nice... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

We accidentally stumbled upon this Christian edifice which seemed so out of place, at least in the stereotype images we had of Communist China. It is still a living place of worship although it was not open when we happened by. Makes a great photo.

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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This place is great - for a busy shopping street, the cathedral is very big but when you go inside, you realise how small it is. I came at 7am on a sunday and it's full for a service and the church still retains very much of its charm. 90 years old but still modern. Great.

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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

The church is so lovely, small but nice with a mesmerizing exterior design. Unfortunately the church looks outdated and needs true care, while teenagers spend their time playing with their skateboards or break-dancing in the yard which I found against the holiness of the church. In the night it is illuminated and looks even better.

Thank Xeina J

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