St Ignatius Cathedral

The twin-spired, red brick St Ignatius Cathedral was built by the Jesuits in 1910. The Jesuits were actually the firstSt Ignatius Cathedralforeigners to settle in Shanghai, back in the 17th Century, and the St Ignatius Cathedral is the most obvious reminder of their time in the city. During the Cultural Revolution the cathedral was vandalized and the major victims were the stained glass windows. Since reopening in 1979, the church has been continuously restored and now shows no signs of damage. It’s worth having a look inside if the church is open – there’s nothing spectacular about the interior decoration, but the size and scale is impressive. Mass is held at the Cathedral at 6:30am on weekdays and at 8am and 6pm on Sundays.

Admission: Free. Open: There is no apparent logic to the opening hours.

Address: 158 Puxi Lu. Tel: +86 (021) 6469 0930.

Directions: Take Exit 3 from Xujiahui subway station – it brings you up in front of the church.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去天主教堂,谢谢。地址:蒲西路158号, 近漕溪北路。 (Please take me to St Ignatius Cathedral. Thank you.)