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“Historical Site”

Sacred Heart Cathedral
Ranked #26 of 711 things to do in Guangzhou
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Get away from all the noise in Guangzhou and experience the calm atmosphere exuded by this impressive twin-spired Roman Catholic cathedral.
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Located near haizhu square area, can explore if you like historical place.
Nice place to take picture.

1  Thank ben10tan
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is one of the few western churches in Guangzhou. Nothing much to those who are used to the grandeur of churches in the West, but considering they are rare in this part of the world, it may be worth a visit just to see it standing in a completely different environment.

3  Thank Lorna P
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

It was a surprise to find a Catholic church in Guangzhou which dates back to 1888. Its Gothic architecture is reminiscent of many churches found in Europe. It is one of the few churches in the world to be entirely built of granite including all the walls,pillars & the twin towers. It is called he stone house by local people or Shishi in Mandarin & Seksat in Cantonese. We were fortunate to attend an English Sunday mass while we were there. However, church staff are monitoring the churchgoers who are not attentive during service or otherwise sleeping & their attention were called.

2  Thank Amethyst59
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

I am not Roman Catholic but have attended services at Sacred Heart several times over the past year while living in Guangzhou. The church has a rich history dating back to the 19th century and it is interesting that it was built by the French. The English service is at 3:30 PM on Sunday and is always packed so arrive early if you want a seat. The congregation for that service is over 50% African, 25% Filipino, and about 25% everybody else. I love the acoustics of this building and I get goose bumps when the assembly sings full throat. The service is standard RC liturgy and has all the trappings of the RC church even though they don't report in directly to the Vatican there's a bit of a rift between the PRC and Rome). I love looking at the stained glass especially in late afternoon when the light hits it just right. No A/C so it can be sweltering in the summer. Be prepared for lots of beggars outside the front gate but I've never found them to be aggressive. Even if you don't have time for the church service it's worth to stop in for a quick tour and to get a sense of Guangzhou life around Haizu Square

5  Thank Royallen W
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The first day of Chinese New Year (Feb 10) happened to be a Sunday, so we went to the "Stone House" to attend the English language mass at 3.30 pm. Arriving early at 3 pm, we found most of the seats had been taken. A great majority of the worshippers were Africans, mostly from Nigeria. Service lasted about 80 minutes. All-in-all, it was quite a wonderful way to spend CNY afternoon, for both ourselves and so many of the expats from Africa, Philippines, etc.

3  Thank PettRuss8
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