Jiaxing Catholic Church
|Jiaxing Catholic Church|
Jiaxing Catholic Church in November 2013.
|Founder(s)||Bu Shijia (步师加)|
|Architectural type||Church building|
|Floor area||1,590 m2 (0.00061 sq mi)|
Jiaxing Catholic Church was originally built by French priest Bu Shijia (步师加) in 1902, under the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). It was the headquarters of Carmelites in Jiaxing. Construction of the current church, designed by Italian priest Han Rilu (韩日禄), commenced in 1917 and was completed in 1930. During the Cultural Revolution, the Red Guards attacked the church, part of the church was badly damaged. In March 2005, it was designated as a "Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the Provincial Level" by Zhejiang government. In May 2013, it was listed among the seventh batch of "Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in Zhejiang" alongside Jiaxing Vincent Abbey by the State Council of China. The restoration of the church will begin in November 2019 and is expected to be completed in December 2020.