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St. John's Cathedral is the oldest Western ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong…

St. John's Cathedral is the oldest Western ecclesiastical building in Hong Kong. It is located in the central district of Hong Kong Island on Garden Road, just down the hill from the Peak Tram station. It is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church in the Far East. On 25th January 1841, as naval officers stepped ashore on a "barren island", Queen Victoria's government could not have foreseen the rapid growth of the settlement, founded in Her Majesty's name, into to-day's international city on the cross-roads of East and West. It was an era of colonial expansionism and the missionary zeal to spread Christianity was running high. Yet six years were to elapse before the foundation stone could be laid for a church for the Colony of Victoria, Hong Kong. During Japanese occupation, the cathedral suffered heavy damage, which leads to its rebuilding after the Second World War. It was declared an historical monument in 1996…

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