Aowei Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
The Aowei Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Chinese: 澳尾巷玫瑰圣母堂; pinyin: ǎowěi xiàng méigūi shèngmǔ jiàotáng, literally Aowei Church of Holy Rosary) is a Catholic church in Fuzhou, China. It was founded in 1848 as a cathedral by the Dominican Order from Spain.
This Catholic church lies in the middle of Cha-ting Avenue, and is the oldest church in Fuzhou. It was built as a cathedral in 1848 during the Qing Dynasty. The building is built in a unique blend of traditional Chinese architecture and Gothic style, and its floor space is 360 square meters. The church was only the oldest church standing in Fuzhou before its unlawful destruction.
In 1912, the episcopal throne was moved to what then became St. Dominic's Cathedral which later became the largest Catholic church in the entire province of Fujian, and remained so to this day. After the removal of the cathedra, the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary became a Dominican Priory.
During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, religious toleration was suppressed by the government, and the church was closed and used by a government factory, and later, when the factory was moved, the church building was given to the Children's Hospital of Fuzhou for use. While being used by the government owned factory, the church building suffered slight damage, and the north tower was demolished. In 1987, the church was given to CPCA, but remained closed and unused for unknown reasons. In the same year and again 1992, the local government announced that the building would be protected as a cultural relic after series of serious damages had been inflicted upon the church building when the sanctuary and the choir of the was illegally demolished due to road expansion of Cha-ting Avenue. Despite the repeated proclamation of the church building to be preserved as a historic landmark and cultural relic, the church was illegally occupied once more by the Children's Hospital of Fuzhou in 2002, and the entire building was unlawfully demolished to make way for a makeshift cafeteria.
'Till this day, no charges or legal case had been made by anyone in regards to the unlawful occupation and demolition by the Children's Hospital of Fuzhou.