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HERITAGE BUILDING > CATHEDRALS AND CHURCHES
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INTRODUCTION:
People probably do not visit Singapore for its cathedrals. There are other places for that (Barcelona, London, Vienna came to mind). Nonetheless, the city-state does have a decent selection of architecturally marvelous churches and cathedrals. Most of these establishments do have some history behind them, albeit a shorter one.

ST ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL:
St Andrew's Cathedral is Singapore's oldest Anglican Church and probably the most popular one due to is central location right in the middle of the city's Civic District. Plus, it is actually located right next to the City Hall and Supreme Court, and opposite The Padang. Hence, visitors can hardly miss it.

Its construction began in 1856 and only completed some 6 years later. The church occupies a large green space in the Civic District and is fenced all around. It boasts an example of the early Gothic architecture synonymous to the late 1850s era.

ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH:
This is the first worship place for Singapore's Catholics. The church was actually reopened in 1912 when the older structure was demolished in 1906. It has a great architecture just like any cathedrals built during its era - towering minarets, large windows, and brightly painted white walls.

St Joseph's Church is actually located close to Parco Bugis Junction, a trendy shopper's precinct. So if you are shopping nearby, why not take a little of your bargaining time to visit this beautiful church.

CATHEDRAL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD:
Consecrated to a cathedral status in 1897, it was originally a Catholic church built in 1843 and completed in 1846.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is somewhat closely related to its neighbour, the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), which is right opposite it across Victoria Street. The latter has now become a hip commercial establishment known as CHIJMES, while the former remains as what it is.

This particular cathedral does not have the early Gothic architecture like the earlier two churches I visited. Nonetheless, I did find the building pleasing to the eyes, with its less intricate design and one feature minaret as a symbol of oneness.

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