Hong Kong

St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong

The British first arrived in Hong Kong on January 25, 1841 at which time they described it as a “barren island”. Settlers from Macau had already begun raising funds to construct a Cathedral before they landed here and six years after the first settlers arrived the foundation stone of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist was laid.

In the next few years Hong Kong turned into a massive city, for many centuries the hub of the opium trade and the Cathedral grew in size.

During World War II the Japanese attacked Hong Kong on 8th December 1941. However, it was to take some weeks before the British surrendered and on Christmas Day 1941 a service was still held at the Cathedral. The occupation lasted four years. The next service at the Cathedral was on 9th September 1945 after the Liberation by the British Navy. A lot of damage had happened to the Cathedral and the next decade or so saw many repairs and rebuilding works undertaken.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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