The pic is astounding me for two reasons: Seems like a rather big neogothic construction in a village - and I wouldn't have expected it so far away from Qingdao...
It is a huge group of Catholic architecture, including one main church, several buildings for nuns and friars and some other structures. It was the cradle of Catholicism in southern Shandong built by Johann Baptist Anzer(German) and Josef Freinademetz(Austrian =]) from Divine Word Missionaries.
Oh, now we're hitting a point...Freinademetz is a well known name. A monastery near Liaocheng, quite unexpected.
This site was not included in our plan at the very beginning. I added it as I read about its importance in the history of Catholicism in China. I was totally startled when I found out it is so grand, especially under the circumstance that it locates in such a small village.
I understand...Jining's the only place where I'd have expected such a site.
Actually there are something interesting in Liaocheng area, except for the old town of Liaocheng itself. I was so interested when I saw Liaocheng's satellite photo. It is a town completely built in the middle of a lake. However, I was disappointed when I got there--a lot of reconstruction, no original residence, only a few main sites are left. Those few sites are good though.
Yes, I had the same thoughts when I analyzed the satellite pic. I didn't expect much, but in the past, Liaocheng must have been a fascinating place.
To MalteLauridsBrigge: Looking at this site after Spain, I think I can better understand it now.=]
Yes, that's extreme neogothic...
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Photo taken in Yanggu, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
Misplaced? Suggest new location