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Cathedral Of St. Ignatius Loyola

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The Cathedral of St. Ignatius is an ancient structure in the Gothic revival style, also known as the Xujiahui Cathedral. Cathedral in Shanghai, and since 1950 it is the Cathedral of the Shanghai diocese. The erection of this building involved in the French Jesuit monks in the late nineteenth century. The author of the project was made by architect William Doyle. It was consecrated in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola - founder of the society of Jesus (Jesuit order).

Its present form, the Cathedral was purchased in 1910. During his long life, the Cathedral has undergone many changes. For example, in the period of the cultural revolution it was closed for parishioners as the building was seriously damaged: was torn spires, smashed all the stained glass Windows and demolished the ceiling. Noteworthy is the fact that over the subsequent decades the premises of the temple was used as a granary. But since 1979 and to this day the temple is active, there is a regular Mass, including for children. At Easter and Christmas this is going to place more than 12,000 members.

The building of the Cathedral looks majestic. The temple has two towers-the bell tower, each of which reaches 50 meters in height. Inside the temple is a large hall, 19 altars and 64 columns of carved stone. Facade of the Cathedral is decorated with a statue of Jesus.

In Shanghai this Cathedral is the largest Christian Church. In the period from 2002 to 2010 the building was renovated, it is fully restored. Now the temple is an important landmark of the city.