Xu Guangqi's Tomb

Location : No.17 Nandan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China



Overview

Overview

Xu Guangqi (1562-1633), Minister of Rites and Grand Secretary under the Ming Dynasty, is a pioneer of the cultural exchange between China and the Western world. This is where Xu Guangqi is buried. Xu died in 1633, the 7th year of Emperor Chongzhen's reign (1627–1644) in the Ming Dynasty, but was not buried until 1641 in his current resting place due to "a time of hardship". Composed of ten vaults respectively housing the remains of Xu and his wife Madam Wu, as well as his four grandsons and their spouses, his tomb was built according to the Ming Dynasty imperial burial traditions, with a "sacred path" in front leading to the graveyard. The path is lined with stone monuments, decorative columns, and stone statues depicting human figures, horses, tigers and sheep. In 1903, a marble cross was erected by the Catholic Diocese of Shanghai on the path, with Latin inscription on the front side and the inscribed writing by Ma Xiangbo entitled "On the Cross Erected at Xu's Graveyard" on the other three sides. The east side of the graveyard features a corridor of stone inscriptions, where Xu's statue stands, along with a dozen of stone carved calligraphy works of Xu and his biography. Xu Guangqi's Tomb was listed in 1988 by China's State Council as a Key Historic Heritage Site under National Protection.

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200030

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Line 1\\9\\11 Xujiahui Station Exit8

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