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Colorful Christmas tree photographed in front of the Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Pingtung, Taiwan

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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A colorful Christmas tree and decorations can be seen in front of the Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County in this photo taken on Dec. 22.

The church, which was built 150 years ago by the Dominican Order, is one the oldest Catholic churches in Taiwan and has become a popular destination for tourists, especially in December when religious festivities are held there.

On December 9, 1984, Pope John Paul II bestowed on the Wanchin church, the title of Basilica. It is the first church in Taiwan to be given this singular privilege.

According to the tradition of the Catholic Church, the term "Basilica" is an honorary title given to a church for its religious, historic, and artistic significance in the locality. In recognition of the historical value, the Ministry of Interior declared this church a national monument in the same year.

Address:

No. 24, Wanxing Rd., Wanchin Village, Wanlun Township, Pingtung County (屏東縣萬巒鄉萬金村萬興路24號)

For more information about the church, please visit its official website.


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