Famous Churches – Shigulu Catholic Church,Shigu Road, Nanjing, China

Shigulu Catholic Church,Shigu Road, Nanjing, China

Shigulu Catholic Church is located on Shigu Road in Nanjing; the Shigulu Catholic Church now is the only Romanesque architecture in the city. The first church in Nanjing was established by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci, one of the first missionaries to visit China, in 1599.  In 1618, there was an imperial decree banning the practice of Catholicism and the Church was demolished.   The Church was rebuilt in 1870 by by the French Jesuit Adrien de Carrère , since 1978 it is the office of Catholicism patriotic committee of Nanjing and Jiangsu Provinces. The church follows the form of an old European abbey and is a typical catholic church. It has been listed as one of the protected cultural heritage of Jiangsu Province. During the Northern Expedition War (1926–1927) it suffered severe damages and was even used as a stables for a period of time, in 1928 it was restored by the National Government and its appearance today is much the same as it was after this last restoration


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