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Xikai Church, Tianjin

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Enter the ornately decorated interior of Xikai Church, the largest church in northern China. The Neo-Byzantine style church's construction began in 1913, with each brick transported here from France, and reached completion in 1916. Though it was somewhat damaged by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, it was repaired and eventually placed on the city's cultural relics protection list in 1991. Within the church's pastel walls--among its 14 columns that support sweeping vaulted ceilings--you'll find a wealth of paintings and statues. Masses are held every morning, with special English language mass taken every Sunday at 11:30 am. Use our Tianjin tourist route planner to add Xikai Church and other attractions to your Tianjin vacation plans.
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  • excellent to visit on a hot day during the summer. in the winter is just a very sad place to visit, because its super cold inside and everything just too gloomy and depressing.  more »
  • 臨時決定由北京到天津旅遊, 沒有準備下更有驚喜. 在步行街閒逛, 到儘頭時眼前一亮, 看到這間教堂 : 天主教天津教區西開總堂, 雖然教堂不算特別宏偉, 但保養唔錯, 裡面都好漂亮, 值得一看.  more »
  • It was very interesting. Going to church, we saw beautiful body (unfortunately, it is not played), as well as many sculptures. When trying to take pictures, approached local "warden" and tried to deny it. Very gently and tactfully. He tried for a very long time we explain something in Chinese, although we gave him several times to understand that don't understand what it is.
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  • Was built on the original French concession. Each one of the bricks was shipped from France. Worth visiting.
  • Beautiful old style church and friendly to the foreigners
  • Built in 1914, a nearly 100-year-old nice-looking church. Good to have a look, the people going there to pray in Sunday is huge.
  • A must when visiting city center.
  • Ok