Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

Source: hubei.gov.cn 02/03/2016 16:02:38

Christmas Church is currently located on the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine campus; it covers an area of a little over 500 square meters.

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

  • Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

    Heritage Architecture in Wuhan--Christmas Church

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Christmas Church is currently located on the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine campus; it covers an area of a little over 500 square meters. Its unique exterior and the style of the architecture are linked to ancient Greek temples. This kind of church is quite rare in China, and it is the only one in Hubei. Liu Qianding, a famous folk culture expert, said that Christmas Church is definitely an exclusive example.

Liu Qianding once described the church. Facing to the west, the long hall in the main building is a single-layer, wood and brick structure, which resembles the Basilica of ancient Rome. There is a colonnade surrounding the southern, northern, and western walls. It looks like a collection of music notes from the outside. In front of the western pediment is attached a classical-style portico and a plain gable, with a changeroom and other pre-ceremony facilities indoors. On the east side of the church, there is a hall running from north to south which has no colonnade. Under the sloping roof, the 12-meter-high ceiling of the main hall is rather spacious, giving off a sense of solemnity and serenity.

Christmas Church is a tri-square structure with a low-pitched roof, flowerless gable, and an exterior style that is uniquely Greek; it removes many of the standard elements classically associated with Christian churches. Additionally, the columns, which are unadorned with decorations, are different from the ancient Greek Corinthian architecture.

"Because Christmas Church was built in accordance with the Athenaeum style, the white slender columns are both elegant and serene. It advocates feminine beauty, the same beauty that Mary would have had about her when she was taking care of her son, Jesus. It differs greatly from the conventional masculine beauty embodied in Greek architecture," said Liu Qianding.

According to Liu Qianding's introduction, a Christian church built to resemble a Greek temple is rather rare at home and abroad. Many Americans have come here specifically to visit the church; they said that it is rare to see such a church.

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