Sacred Heart Cathedral (Stone House)
The Roman Catholic Church (Sacred Heart Cathedral), or Stone House, the largest of its kind in South China, is experiencing its biggest ever remodeling job. In addition to protection of the historical building in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, the facelift will provide a better facility and nicer environment for Catholics to conduct Mass and other religious gatherings.
Meanwhile, the local government will also reconstruct the ancient European-style architectural structure church into a famous Catholic church that can compare with Notre-Dame in Paris, France. Stone House, which was built with mostly granite, is also known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Guangzhou.
And the church is expected to become a new tourist attraction in Guangzhou in the wake of the remodeling work, attracting both Catholics and visitors from around the world.
The church was listed as a key State historical relic in the late 1970s.
The first phase of the rehabilitation of the church costs more than 19.64 million yuan (US$2.37 million).
Three million yuan (US$360,000) has been donated by the church itself while the rest is invested by the government.
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