Dali Catholic Church, China

If you walk down the Renmin Road in Dali Old Town, then take a right onto Xinmin Road, eventually you will come across the most unusual Christian church I have ever seen in my life.. It’s the Catholic Church of Dali Old Town, Yunnan province, China.. The church is located at the East of Dali not far from the town’s flea market.. Dali Catholic Church was built in 1938 by the French in the style of traditional Chinese architecture with three sections of double-tiered eaves.. During the Cultural Revolution in China severe destructions were caused to the church, it was closed.. In 1984 the church was renovated by the Religious Department and was listed under the History Protection since 1985..

Roman Catholicism was brought to Yunnan during the period of the late Ming and the early Qing dynasties.. In the 35th year of the Kangxi Period of the Qing Dynasty (AD1696), Catholic parishes were set up in Yunnan and in the 23rd year of the Daoguang Period (1843), the Episcopal church was established in Yanjin County, and was moved to Kunming in 1881.. In 1948, the Kunming parish was promoted as “the Yunnan General Episcopal Church Parish”..

Dali Catholic Church comes in the unusual form of a Chinese-style building.. An initial gate leads to a second gate, which is actually the facade of the church.. The eclecticism continues inside with red pillars, a blue ceiling painted with stars, Chinese-style chairs, and a simple altar with a picture of Christ.. The Chinese characters on the back wall say……”Catholic is Love”..

Today Catholicism is popular mainly in Kunming, Zhaotong, Honghe, Wenshan, Dali, Lijiang, Qujing, Diqing and Dehong prefectures and municipalities.. The Christians are from the Han, Yi, Miao, Lisu, and the Jingpo nationalities.. By May 1996, there were 43 service members and 36 churches open to service..
In Dali Catholic Church the mass is held every morning at 9am and about 60 believers attend the service every Sunday..


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