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St Joseph's Church, Singapore

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Saint Joseph's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It is located along Victoria Street in the Rochor Planning Area, within the Central Area of Singapore's central business district. The church was constructed from 1906–12 with its foundation stone laid two years earlier. The building was built in the Gothic style by the Portuguese Mission. Saint Joseph's Church is most noted for its annual Good Friday procession.HistoryThe history of Saint Joseph's Church and that of its predecessor, the Church of São José, both built on the same site, is inextricably linked with the Portuguese Mission. Father Francisco da Silva Pinto e Maia of Porto, head of the Portuguese Mission, arrived from Goa in 1826 and founded the Mission in Singapore. When he died in 1850, he left his money and some land for the building of a small church. His funds were augmented by a gift from the King of Portugal and the church was called São José. It was built by the man who succeeded him, the Reverend Vincente de Santa Catarina from 1851 to 1853.In 1906, the Church of São José was pulled down. The present Saint Joseph's Church, completed in 1912, was built on the same site by the notable firm Swan & MacLaren.
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  • This is a lovely and rather centrally located church. While the exteriors of the church are nothing to write home about, its interiors are just lovely with a serene atmosphere to match.  more »
  • It's a beautiful facility and it was a pleasure to look at it. I was there during services and was unable to see the inside.  more »
  • This iscthe R C cathedral in Singapore. It has a beautiful indoor viewing. It is also the only church in Singapore that has a Mass in Latin on Sunday. Forvtradional catholics who like gregorian chant ...  more »
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  • Beautiful church with an amazing priest, Father Christoph. Its architecture is unique in its Portuguese style and this reconstructed version has remained largely true to its initial form. The church is fully air-conditioned and the acoustics are still incredible. Have to agree with some of the reviews here though - some staff members are quite rude. But still visit Father Christoph, who really does embody the fundamentals of catholic inclusivity, humility and fellowship. Two annoying issues which made attending mass quite unpleasant have recently been solved: there was an incredibly rude elderly usher (a Caucasian lady) with a penchant for unnecessarily barking at church attendees who genuinely had no idea where to sit or place their stuff in an often overcrowded space. I guess most didn't tell her off for being discourteous out of respect to the mass, which is nice. But the expression on some of these poor people's faces afterwards was pitiful. The other thing is the cathedral choir, which really is phenomenal, and a must-see. Problem is the conductor seemed to prefer the sound of his own voice to that of the cathedral choir; thus many a moment was spent waiting for the aimless rambling and awkward phrasing to cease, and the hymns to commence. Thankfully, both the rude usher and the conductor have since moved away to the Cathedral which reopened recently, and St. Joseph's has regained its conducive environment.
  • Pls pls stop the construction work at night.how come church disturb neighborhood even after midnight!!
  • Impressive Catholic church, i had a peek inside, looks very nice and well maintained
  • Beautiful church. Nice design.
  • Although the person who picked up my call was really rude and contradicted what the Catholic church promoting to be inclusive, the church however is a really nice place to pray and is located in a central area that is accessible. It's just across the national library and there are other church in the vicinity such as Saints Peter and Paul which you can explore too. Really should go.