Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
|Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception|
|Location||Wanluan, Pingtung County, Taiwan|
|Administration||Diocese of Kaohsiung|
May 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. It's also the first basilica church in Taiwan.
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.
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.
The current building of the church was built with Spanish fortress architecture.
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