This stunning architectural find, rising like a colorful fairy-tale castle from the maze of dust-gray alleyways around Xi ... More
Nan Tang Catholic Church
This stunning architectural find, rising like a colorful fairy-tale castle from the maze of dust-gray alleyways around Xi Dan, was founded by the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci in the early 17th century. Ricci came to China in 1582 and made his way to Beijing with the intention of converting China as a culture rather than merely as a religious practice. However, his incorporation of Chinese ceremonies into Catholic rites was later condemned by the pope. Nan Tang (Southern Cathedral) was burned down and was rebuilt in 1904.
This beautiful Church Nan Tang (South Cathederal)is indeed a marvel of old Jesuit architecture, I was never a regular church goer before, but when I do go across to Nan Tang it keeps me at peace with myself, a true melting pot of Asian-American-European-and every minority and majority race
The church itself is in the Heart of Beijing-Chinas Capital
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