2021 International Conference: 27th World Congress of Architects

Cultural Confluence: Localization of the Architectural Characteristics of Chinese Churches

International Proceedings

Author(s): Li Wanrong & Qu Zhang

Christianity, as a foreign religion, was introduced to China in the Tang Dynasty (6th Century. Both Catholic and Christian strived to integrate the Chinese architectural style into the Church design in the process of missionary, in order to accommodate to the local people. The thesis reviews the history of Confluence of Architectural Characteristics and Concepts in Chinese Churches. This article divides church fusion into three periods, analyzes the reasons for the changes and their respective characteristics, such as plan, elevation, structure and decoration, and reveals the process of localization of Chinese Churches.

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