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|cultural assets: Gyesan Cathedral|
In 1897, Father Robert used a thatched cottage as a temporary church during his catholic mission in Gyeongsang-do area from 1886. It was on the site where the Gyesan-dong Catholic church is located at present. At first, the church was built as a traditional wooden Korean-style building shaped like a cross. It was, however, burned down the following year, so that the current Catholic church was established again in 1902.
It is said that Father Robert planned the church himself and a Chinese architect was responsible for the construction. This church earned a nickname of 'a house with spires' because it was the first western style building and had two bell towers standing either side of the front entrance. This building is a Romanesque style church with gothic additions. Red brick decorated with black brick in Gothic style was stacked on the granite stereobate.
This architecture has great value because it is the only Catholic church building built in the 1900s in the Daegu area.