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Cathedral extends tourist hours

XUJIAHUI Cathedral, the century-old, twin-towered landmark Catholic church that was featured in the Steven Spielberg film, "Empire of the Sun," has extended its tourism hours for the World Expo.

It's now open to the public every day from 10am to 4pm.People can go to the tourism consultation center near the Metro station close to the cathedral to apply for a visit under the direction of a tour guide. Going to the cathedral directly or without a guide will not be accepted, Xuhui District tourism authorities said yesterday.

"This is a special tourism bonus to Expo visitors," said Xu Lingzhi, an official with the Xuhui District Tourism Administration.

Until now, non-Catholics could enter only on weekend afternoons from 1pm to 4pm. The cathedral will revert to the original hours after the Expo, officials said.

The cathedral reminded visitors that when the church holds special activities, it will not open to the public, such as today and tomorrow. People wearing slippers without counter or tank tops will not be allowed to enter.

The cathedral, also known as St Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, is a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Designed by English architect William Doyle, it was built from 1905 to 1910, its central altar shipped from Paris on Easter Day, 1919. It can hold 2,500 worshippers at the same time.


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