South Cathedral in Beijing: Church of the Immaculate Conception or “Xuanwumen church”


The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Chinese: 圣母无染原罪堂), colloquially known as the Xuanwumen church (Chinese: 宣武门天主堂; pinyin: Xuānwǔmén Tiānzhǔtáng) to the locals, is a historic Roman Catholic Church located in Beijing, China.

She’s also called “Nan Tang”, is the oldest existing Catholic Church in Beijing.


While the original foundation of the cathedral was in 1605, making it the oldest Catholic church in Beijing, the current building in the Baroque style dates from 1904.


The present Archbishop Joseph Li Shan, installed in September 2007, is one of the few bishops openly recognized by both the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church and the Vatican.

In 1904, the present structure was completed, the fourth church on the site. On 21 December 1979, Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan was consecrated in the cathedral, the first major event in the life of the Catholic Church in China after the Cultural Revolution.



The cathedral is possibly the best known to foreigners in China, as English-language masses take place there.




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Time of Masses


Monday to Friday: 6.00 am in Latin, 6.30 ans 7.15am in Chinese.

Saturday: 6.30pm in Chinese

Sunday: 6.00am in Latin,7.00 am and 8.30 am in Chinese, 10.30 am and 3.00 pm in English, 12.30 pm in Italian.

Sacrement of reconciliation International Mass: half an hour before Mass starts until Homily begins.




Just at the exit of the Exit B2, line 2/4 (connexion) Xuanwumen



Chine, Beijing, Xicheng, Xuanwumen Inner St, 前门西大街141





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