Cizhong Cathedral

Shangri-La, China

Initially built in the 19th century and rebuilt in the 20th century, the Cizhong Cathedral near Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, China has the most unique architecture. It is a combination of western and Chinese ostentatiousness and the simplicity of Tibetan, Han, and Bai ethnic folk art. The building is like a western church but the red roof is like that of a pagoda with eaves. The Cathedral is a place of worship even today, and Naxi, Han, Li, and Tibetan people attend masses every weekend. Even though it is located in a remote mountainous region of China, the Cathedral has at least 400 believers out of the 1000 people living in Cizhong.

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