St. Joseph's Church

143 Victoria Street

The original building of the Roman Catholic St. Joseph's Church, which has adorned the city business center for the last hundred years now, is considered to be a true architectural masterpiece and has achieved the status of a monument of national importance. The temple’s history began back in the middle of the 19th century, when a Portuguese priest, who had come to the island from the Indian state of Goa, founded the Catholic mission in Singapore.

After his death in 1850, the priest bequeathed the plot of land that he had bought specifically for temple’s construction, as well as the money collected for this purpose. The outstanding amount was then allocated by the King of Portugal. Three years later, the Church of São José was erected in the heart of Singapore. However, it was destroyed a little more than half a century later.

In 1912, the majestic St. Joseph's Cathedral was built in its place and this immediately became an architectural gem of Singapore. The building has been constructed in the Gothic style with a predominant feeling of bright Portuguese architectural traditions. The Catholic temple’s distinctive feature is its octagonal central tower, crowned with a dome and surrounded by two smaller towers. Thanks to this aspect, the St. Joseph's Church serves as a reference point to the Singapore's colonial past.

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Julio

Closed for a year or more from August 1, 2017 for renovation.

20.08.2017  
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Benedict

Nice decor.

23.11.2014  
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Dona

Bless saturday..

08.11.2014  
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William

Attended Cathedral mass here at 10:00am on Sunday and was impressed by the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ led by Dr Peter Low

12.10.2014  
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Dona

Happy Birthday Mama Marry

08.09.2014  
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Cheen

Italian craftsmanship. Statues & stained glass windows of saints in church made by Italian artisans. 1 mth to complete a window. Statues stand in upp walls of church & beside altars. Source: Infopedia

21.04.2014  
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Cheen

The church bldg was declared a national monument on 14 Jan 2005. Source: Infopedia

21.04.2014  
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Cheen

Did u know? The church was built by Portuguese Mission in 1853 to serve Portuguese & Eurasian Catholics in SG. It still practises many Portuguese Catholic traditions. Source: Infopedia

21.04.2014  
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Cheen

Love the intricately-carved scenes fr the Bible, spread all over this old church in the city

21.04.2014  
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Cheen

Directions to confession booths. It's on the left & right wings of church as u enter fr main doorway

21.04.2014  
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Marc Louie

Inaudible speaker.

10.11.2013  
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Anelisa

Near bugis only and lots of Filipinos attending mass here. Nice church too :))

30.12.2012  
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Cato

3days

30.01.2011  
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Felicia

Learn more abt e Christian faith at the Alpha Course. Starting 16 Feb'11, every Wed @ St Vincent de Paul Church. Visit facebook.com/alphasvdp to find out more.

30.12.2010  
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