The Xujiahui Cathedral (徐家汇天主教堂), otherwise known as the St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai (聖依納爵主教座堂) is lit up especially for the Special Olympics.
Designed by English architect William Doyle, and built by French Jesuits between 1905 and 1910, it is said to have once been known as “the grandest cathedral in the Far East.” It can accommodate 2,500 worshippers at the same time. In 1966, at the opening of the Cultural Revolution, Red Guards vandalized the cathedral, tearing down its spires and ceiling, and smashing its roughly 300 square meters of stained glass. For the next ten years the building served as a state-owned grain warehouse. In 1978 the cathedral was re-opened, and the spires were restored in the early 1980s.
Photo from meckleychina
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