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Landmark cathedral will close for renovations

THE century-old Xujiahui Cathedral will undergo renovations beginning in July to restore the historic look of one of the city's most iconic buildings, officials said yesterday.

The work will last at least eight months and the cathedral will be closed during that time, said Chen Zhongwei, a historical building expert who will take charge of the renovations.

Formerly known as Saint Ignatius Cathedral, the church was once the largest cathedral in the Far East.

Xujiahui Cathedral was designed by a British architect and built by French businessmen. Construction began in 1906 and was completed in October 1910.

Work will be done to fix a leaky roof, repair damage from wind abrasion, and the tiles and floors will be replaced in the Gothic structure.

The cathedral was last renovated in 1991.

"The core objective is to restore its historic look from the 1950s, while some new materials will be used to protect the building from rain and wind," Chen said.

Replacing the tiles will be the biggest part of the project.


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