The Christian (Protestant) Church, which was originally restricted to European residents of Qingdao, was constructed in the early 20th century. The corner stone of the church was laid on April 19th, 1908 and the building was completed on October 23rd, 1910. Following the Romainesque and Jugendstil styles of Germany, the Christian (Protestant) Church stands as one of the most impressive buildings during the Germany’s Occupation of Qingdao. At present it holds Christian services on Sundays (only in Chinese) and is under the protection of Shandong Province, Qingdao China.
It’s powerful and magnificent design by Curt Rothkegel of Germany was constructed of brick, Mount Lao granite, steel, and wooden beams. The interior of the church is simple in design and Lutheran in its sparseness, apart from the elegant carvings on the pillar cornices. Qingdao’s Christian (Protestant) Church of Old Town has a floor space of 1,167.18 square meters. The beige walls are constructed of red brick and coated with corrugate mortar and paint. The eves are inlaid with rough cut granite and most corners are decorated with protruding stones of granite.
On what started out as a Monday with Mari, we explored PiChai Yuan, the Catholic Church, and then walked over to this Christian (Protestant) Church. Amazingly enough, we had not yet been to any of these sights, so this was a really great sightseeing day for us. We walked a lot, but since the humid was a little lower than usual, we weren’t quite melting. Sweaty but not drenched!
Elijah had failed asleep before we reached PiChai Yuan and slept right through our short stop at the Catholic Church. The poor little guy misses half of the stuff that we do during the middle of the day! We wanted to go up the bell tower so Nana said she would wait downstairs with the stroller. She had visited this church last year, while out sightseeing with Trent and Angie.
The view from the top of the bell tower was pretty. However there were some really obnoxious wedding photographers up there. They were hogging the windows and SCREAMING instructions down to the couples they were photographing. I found it quite disrespectful. Especially since there were “please be quiet” signs everywhere. Nevertheless, we sat down and enjoyed the bell tower anyway.
When we go downstairs, Elijah was awake (but still quite sleepy)…
We then had to decide where we were off to next. Usually Mariska and I only see two (maybe three) big sights on a Monday, but it seems that this week we were in an area that was packed with popular things to see. While walking with had spotted three dome-shaped figures on the hill closeby, so we pulled out our phones to see what they could be. Man, you gotta love modern technology! Before Justin and I had smart phones we would just walk and walk and walk. It was fun, and we always anded up having an adventure, but this new approach is so much more efficient.
Our next stop was Signal Hill Park. As you can see, in the above image, we were able to see the Christian (Protestant) Church from the Signal Hill Park. In fact, we could see almost all of Qingdao from that park. I was once amazed again that we had never been to these sights before, but so happy that we were finally making the time to see all that Qingdao has to offer. This old part of Qingdao is absolutely amazing. The architecture and quiet streets are charming!