Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing China, Beijing

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, colloquially known as the Xuanwumen church or Nantang to the locals, is a historic Roman Catholic Church located in Beijing, China. While the original foundation of the cathedral was in 1605, making it the oldest Catholic church in Beijing, the current building in Baroque style dates from 1904. The present Archbishop Joseph Li Shan, installed in September 2007, is one of the few Catholic bishops also recognized by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church.