The beauty of Phat Diem ancient cathedral

Phat Diem ancient cathedral near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Vietnam, with a special architecture. Phat Diem Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful Catholic church complexes in Vietnam. The church is located on an area of 22 hectares in Phat Diem town, Kim Son district. In 1998, this architectural complex was ranked as a national historical and cultural relic.

This architectural complex was presided over and built by Father Peter Tran Luc (also known as Mr Sau) – the parish priest of Phat Diem, started in 1875 and was basically completed in 1898. The overall project includes a large church and 5 small churches; Phuong Dinh (bell tower); ponds and 3 artificial caves. Phuong communal house is 21 m wide, 25 m high, including 3 floors. The largest lower floor is built entirely of square green stone, divided into three hearts, in each heart there is a stone collapse. In the system of 5 small churches in Phat Diem near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, there is one made entirely of stone called the Heart of Our Lady. The Heart of Our Lady is 15.3 m long, 8.5 m wide and 6 m high. Most of the foundation, columns, beams, walls, bars, towers or altars are made of stone. Therefore, parishioners and tourists used to call it the Stone Church.

According to many cultural and historical researchers, Phat Diem church near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is unique in that, although it is a Catholic work, it is modeled after the architectural features of traditional pagodas in Vietnam with countless curved roofs. bow shape. Around the work are decorated with many familiar images with Vietnamese villages such as lotus, pine, chrysanthemum, bamboo, apricot, etc.

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