St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai is located in Xujiahui district. It is the first Roman Catholic Church in Shanghai after the Opium War.
At the end of the 19th Century, the surrounding areas of Xu Guangqi Tomb were always the center of Roman Catholicism. In 1906, a new church began its establishment, and it was finished until 1910; it was then
St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai. It was also the first Roman Catholic built in western-style with a height of 79 meters and a width of 28 meters.
The St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Shanghai. It is also the most magnificent and splendid Roman Catholic church in the Far East. Each morning, many believers at home and abroad come here to attend mass. In particular, at weekends or on some religional festivals, the believers are crowded and numerous.
During the period of Cultural Revolution, the
St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghaisuffered from serious destruction, and the church was used for storehouse; all the religious ceremonies paused until 1978, and was rebuilt in 1980. Stained glass windows, Gothic ceiling stone, columns, altars, Stations of the Cross, and so on are built in European style.