Lost in “Stone House”

For the sake of GFW, Google Picasa web album is still locked up at China. Get tired for waiting, I bypassed that damn thing via modifying my /etc/host file and fetched my pictures on Picasa again. Among those pictures, I found a special album, the photos taken at “Stone House” Cathedral.

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Guess where has I been? Maybe you would say France, UK, European Countries, USA or….
But… actually, I didn’t made any foreign trip before. Here is still where I am now, at Canton , south of China. :mrgreen:

IMG_0762.JPGSo let me show you the position where we go now.
The “Stone House” cathedral is located at 56 Yide Lu (or Yat Tak Road), Canton. Being on the north bank of the Pearl River, the cathedral stands at the heart of the busy old district. The cathedral, like most of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, is built of solid masonry, including the vaulted roof and the towers. The stone used for the building is granite. For this reason, it is nicknamed “Stone House” (石室) by local people.

Then “Stone House” is just the nick name of it, the really name of this cathedral is “Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, also known as Sacred Heart Cathedral. The site of the cathedral was originally the residence of the Viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces (兩廣總督) in the Qing Dynasty.

IMG_0764.JPGIs it like those cathedrals at Paris? I think anyone came here would confused whether he is at France. Actually, the fact is this cathedral was really built as the same way like those ones at Paris. Though it is widely said that the design was based on the Notre Dame de Paris and sometimes it is referred to as the “Notre Dame in the Far East”, the cathedral was actually inspired by the Basilica of St. Clotilde in Paris. Covering an area of 2,754 square metres, it is the largest Roman Catholic church in the Guangzhou archdiocese and the largest cathedral in the Gothic style in China and Southeast Asia. The cathedral is 35 metres wide, 78.69 metres long, and the twin towers rise as high as 58.5 metres. The west tower is a clock tower while the east tower serves as a bell tower, inside which there are five gigantic bronze bells shipped in from France in the 19th century.

So let’s wander around outside first~
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IMG_0723.JPG The clock tower~~

We discovered these two famous stones:
IMG_0724.JPGIMG_0719.JPGThe foundation of the cathedral was laid on June 18, 1863, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, and work began on August 26. The ground breaking ceremony was held on December 8 of the same year. Two foundation stones were laid. The Latin words “Jerusalem 1863” were engraved on the east one and the words “Roma 1863” on the west one, stating that the Roman Catholic Church had its origin in Jerusalem in the east and evolved in Rome in the west. From each city, one kilogram of soil was taken to be combined and laid under the two foundation stones.

Fortunately, we were allowed to enter the cathedral. Tough I am not a catholic, I still got shocked by the holiness. 😯

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Fantasy windows with colorful glass 😯 Just like those in great cathedral in the West. The solar comes through it and changes into beautiful multi-color ray.

It said that Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the four Gothic Cathedrals with total rock architecture in the world. “Stone House” has been one famous sight spot. And as the largest Roman Catholic church in the Guangzhou archdiocese, many catholics, includes lots of foreigners come here for worships. In deed, we met quite a lot of them. 😎

Aug 7th, 2009 | Posted in Tour
  1. catcat
    Aug 7th, 2009 at 23:26 | #1

    er…..it’s so so so amazing!!!! i love it. And i swear i will go there some day. haha~~~

  2. galacy
    Aug 7th, 2009 at 23:36 | #2

    wow, it should be regarded as the land mark of Canton..
    thank’s for sharing. it did seem that you were in Europe..

  3. Aug 8th, 2009 at 05:15 | #3

    Hmm… I read blogs on a similar topic, but i never visited your blog. I added it to favorites and i’ll be your constant reader.

  4. iris
    Aug 8th, 2009 at 22:37 | #4

    nice shot~
    reminds of the Basilica of St. Clotilde in Paris which i passed by accident.
    fantastic work.

  5. Oct 6th, 2014 at 00:30 | #5

    Dokładnie dla takich tekstów kocham czytać Twojego bloga!

  6. Jul 5th, 2015 at 02:39 | #6

    Szukając czegoś w internecie trafiłem na twojego bloga
    i nawet nie wiem kiedy wessało mnie jego lektura

  7. Nov 25th, 2016 at 22:34 | #7

    Iloinen olikin yllätys tänä aamuna kun luin junassa Metroa! Bongasin sieltä heti sun jutun. Se Weledan suaipushikpua on aivan ihana mutta mistä löytyy sitä mainitsemaasi huulirasvaa? Sitä haluaisin kokeilla.

  8. Jan 5th, 2017 at 05:18 | #8

    It’s much easier to understand when you put it that way!

  9. Aj, tyle tych przepisów na pierniczki, że nie wiadomo, do czego siÄ™ zabrać, a już dwie partie pierniczków upiekÅ‚am, trzecia w planach, ale to bÄ™dÄ… już te tradycyjne, jak co roku i na tym pierniczkowanie chyba siÄ™ skoÅ„czy, bo przecież jeszcze ciasteczka…Ze speculaas, chociaż wyglÄ…dajÄ… i brzmiÄ… przepysznie, poczekam chyba na odpowiedniÄ… foremkÄ™, bo mimo wszystko (i tego co piszesz) bez foremki to wcale nie to samo.

  10. Mar 31st, 2017 at 01:58 | #10

    I can’t believe I’ve been going for years without knowing that.

  11. J’aime beaucoup la seconde tenue. Et les salomés, c’est bon, je suis morte d’un coup de foudre (et non, ce n’est pas parce qu’on a un temps de merde sur Paris)

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