Discover the ancient beauty of Chau Son Monastery Church, Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is famous for landscapes such as Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An, Hoa Lu. There is a beautiful and unique destination but not everyone knows that Chau Son Monastery has a noble, mysterious and sacred beauty. Chau Son Monastery is located in Phu Son commune, Nho Quan district near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. This is a Cistercian monastery. The monastery is located in the middle of a quiet mountain forest, two sides are immense rice fields, next to it are towering limestone mountains. Coming to this place, in addition to enjoying the original and unique Western European architectural art, visitors will also immerse themselves in the peaceful relaxation of nature.

The monastery is located on an area of nearly ten hectares, including many items such as Chau Son church, religious order, Fatima prayer garden… Master Thuy (manager of Fatima Prayer Garden) at Chau Son Monastery said: The church was built between 1939 and 1945 according to French Gothic architecture.The dome of the church is not made of reinforced cement, but is made from molasses, bagasse and bamboo woven together with bamboo. Until now, the church has been 77 years old, the lines and details are kept almost intact, only the red tile roof outside was repaired in 2014. Chau Son Monastery Church near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is a in 4 churches consecrated in Vietnam in 1945 along with Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanoi Cathedral, Phu Nhai Church”.

On both sides of the church corridor, there are exquisitely carved columns, next to which are paintings of God and saints creating the sacredness of the nearly 100-year-old church. “The outside of the church is not dressed, not plastered. Therefore, the bricks overlapped with many patches of moss have created the typical ancient features of the church. This is also the culture of Asians, Cham people never wear clothes, showing the characteristics of the culture” – Master Thuy added.

In addition to Chau Son Church near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, the Fatima Prayer Garden is also a special highlight of the Monastery. When entering the garden, visitors will see beautiful, white marble stones. Those stones represent 100 eggs of Au Co’s mother. 100 fruits “bloomed” 54 ethnic groups in the heroic country of Vietnam. The centerpiece of the garden is the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. According to Master Thuy: White pebbles represent the sea of the world. Human life is like walking on earthly sea, very difficult. White pebbles are like the great sea, like the vastness of a mother’s heart. The sea of white pebbles also symbolizes the virgin and pure heart of the Virgin.

Besides, right in the middle of the Fatima Prayer Garden, an ancient well is still preserved that is Jacob’s well, also known as the well of repentance. To get to this place, you have to go through a tunnel built entirely of laterite. Underneath the basement there is a fairly large space, with a rather sophisticated dome. Chau Son Monastery is a unique architectural work. However, this place is not open to the public, the monastery is only open on weekends.

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