Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

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Coordinates: 22°35′42.2″N 120°36′40.5″E / 22.595056°N 120.611250°E / 22.595056; 120.611250

Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
萬金聖母聖殿
Catholic Church of Wanchin (Taiwan).jpg
Religion
AffiliationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Location
LocationWanluan, Pingtung County, Taiwan
AdministrationDiocese of Kaohsiung
Architecture
TypeChurch
CompletedMay 1863 (original building)
1870 (current building)

The Wanchin Church, officially Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Chinese: 萬金聖母聖殿; pinyin: Wànjīn Shèngmǔ Shèngdiàn), is a Basilica church in Wanjin Village, Wanluan Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan.[1] It's also the first basilica church in Taiwan.

History[edit]

Qing Dynasty[edit]

The Parish in Wanchin is established by Dominican Order. The church was originally constructed as a simple mud church in May 1863. On 13 October 1865, the church was heavily destroyed by an earthquake. It was then rebuilt with a bigger size and completed on 8 December 1870 when it was inaugurated.

Republic of China[edit]

The church underwent renovation in the 1950s and 1960s by different missionaries.[2] On 9 December 1984, the church was conferred the title of basilica by Pope John Paul II, making it the first church in Taiwan to receive such title. In 1991, the Immaculate Conception Dominican Residence was built on the church ground. In 1994, an activity center was also build within the church area.[3]

On 3 August 2016, the church was vandalized when a mentally ill man set a fire to a wooden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary inside the building.[4]

Architecture[edit]

The current building of the church was built with Spanish fortress architecture.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wanchin Basilica stands as tribute to faith - Taiwan Info".
  2. ^ Liao, George (28 November 2018). "Tourist hopspot in southern Taiwan: Wanchin Basilica". Taiwan News. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ 英文歷史.
  4. ^ "Police arrest suspect in fire at historic church".
  5. ^ 2.16.886.101.90005.20002.20076 (1 January 2016). "WanChin Catholic Church".