The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception

1888, Religious 宗教建築

16 Caine Road
香港中環堅道 16 號

Hidden in the concrete jungle, The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Hong Kong. The 1842 old cathedral in Wellington Street was the oldest one in Hong Kong. In 1888, the Cathedral was built on Caine Road at Mid-Levels opposite to Bishop's House built by Anglican Church Hong Kong and just a few blocks away from the Government House. The location reflected the close relationship between Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church and the colonial government. Compared to St. John’s Cathedral, The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception is more of a Gothic architecture – built in the Gothic Revival style, the Cathedral has various typical Gothic features including flying buttresses, pinnacles, pointed arch lancet windows and 38 tall stone columns. With a rising of over 20 meters, the Cathedral fully demonstrates the core concept of Gothic architecture in having a conversation with God through the use of sunlight and verticality. After years of development, the Cathedral is now surrounded by Catholic buildings including schools and diocese centres. It serves as the heart of the Catholic Compound that gathers strength and faith of the Catholics in the city.


文及攝影:洪彬芬 (香港註冊建築師)