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St. Joseph's Cathedral

74 Wangfujing Street
+86 10 6524 0634
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St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church) Beijing  China
St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church) Beijing  China
St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church) Beijing  China
St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church) Beijing  China

St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church)

Beijing had a colonial past just as Shanghai did, but the remnants of those years are not as prevalent as they are in Shanghai. That’s why St. Joseph’s Cathedral is well worth a visit. The Romanesque Revival church was originally built in 1665 but damaged in 1720 by an earthquake, then felled in 1812 by a fire. It was rebuilt by foreigners but was once again destroyed, this time during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, so what you see dates to 1904, with maintenance done in 2000. In a perfect coda to the church’s tumultuous history and involvement in the foreigners-versus-Chinese Boxer Rebellion, the church is on busy Wangfujing, a buzzing pedestrian shopping street.