Phat Diem Cathedral | Quick Guide To The Unique Stone Cathedral
Phat Diem Cathedral with special architecture and material is a well-known destination of Ninh Binh besides ancient pagoda, famous caves and beautiful scenery. This stone cathedral has a perfect combination between Western architecture style and Vietnamese building style that has a great impression on every tourist coming here.
When visiting this unique cathedral, you will be able to not only contemplate the stunning architecture of Phat Diem church but also gain more understanding about a kind of religion in Vietnam.
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Introduction about Phat Diem Cathedral Ninh Binh
Where is Phat Diem Stone Cathedral?
Not similar to other tourist attractions in Ninh Binh, Phat Diem cathedral is not near the Ninh Binh city, and far about 30 kilometers to the south of Ninh Binh city Phat Diem cathedral belongs to Phat Diem town in Kim Son District, Ninh Binh. This church is based on a large land of 117 meters wide and 243 meters long.
Although far from the city center, Phat Diem cathedral is still one of the most attractive destinations for local and international tourists when coming to Ninh Binh.
Visiting this place, you will be likely to see lots of works with beautiful appearance such as bell towers, ponds, caves, cathedral and so forth. All of these are designed in the style combined between East and West architecture that will definitely make you love this wonderful combination.
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The history of Phat Diem Church
It took even more than 20 years to completely build Phat Diem stone cathedral, lasting from 1895 to 1899. The time for building this church had numerous difficulties with almost all rudimentary working means.
Only mentioning the preparation period of making stone materials, it took local people about 10 years to extract stone from surrounding limestone mountains. The stone could be taken from nearby province such as Thanh Hoa, Nghe An with a huge quantity and weight of 7 tons.
What to experience in Phat Diem church?
- Unique architecture
Phat Diem stone cathedral has a particular architecture style of both European church and Buddhist style, that makes this church more attractive than any other churches in Vietnam.
The church is divided into 10 different parts, having 6 colonnades inside, which is influenced by the traditional architecture of Vietnam that you can see in many Vietnamese ancient houses. Coming into the church, you will have a feeling of comfort with the cool temperature and spacious room with great height due to the intelligent of the designer.
The roof of Phat Diem stone cathedral is divided into two distinctive parts with windows in the middle to get light for the church and make the roof higher. Especially, the roof was also the combination of two different architectures of Indochinese and Gothic style. Another markable point is that the gilded wooden memorizes to feature in traditional worship of Vietnamese people.
The middle and upper floors of the church have a large drum and a big bell, respectively. As visitors leave Phuong Dinh, tourists will see a great cathedral constructed in 1891 with another official name of “Nha tho Duc Me Man Coi”.
Next to the grand cathedral is a church named “Nha Tho Trai Tim Vo Nhiem Nguyen Toi Duc Me”. But people usually refer to it as “Stone church” because its walls, pillars, ground, bars and beams are made of stone.
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- Impressive scenery surrounding the cathedral
Phat Diem Cathedral is a complex including lots of features such as a lake, a cathedral, a stone church, Phuong Dinh (bell house) and three artificial grottoes. At first glance, visitors can easily find the square lake on the main road to the cathedral attractive with its beauty and position.
In the middle of the lake, there is a small island with a statue of Jesus Christ. Phuong Dinh easily becomes the next eye-catching monument, with stone carvings on both sides of the walls. It is 25 meters high, 17 meters wide and 24 meters long with three stories. The first floor is covered by large green flagstones.
The largest downstairs retained the shape of a triple gate entrance in the traditional architecture, built by green stone with sophisticated handicraft techniques.
The upper floor of Phuong Dinh has 5 tower blocks. On the top of 4 tower blocks at the 4 Phuong Dinh’s corners were 4 statues of 4 Saints having written the Gospels in shape of beautiful lotuses placed on top of the ancient temples in Vietnam.
The design of the central tower was similar to 4 towers in corners with an exquisite 3-storey tower.
Quick tips for visiting Phat Diem Cathedral Vietnam
This stone cathedral is really suitable for groups of families, couples or solo travelers. Therefore, if you are wondering where to go in Ninh Binh, you can choose Phat Diem stone church as a tourist destination.
If you have an intention of visiting Phat Diem church, you can get there at any time or any season throughout a year. However, the best time to visit this church ranges from September to April when the weather is the most comfortable.
If you visit this famous church of Ninh Binh, it will not take you much time to explore this stone church. Therefore, you can spend the rest of your time to discover other well-known places in Ninh Binh. Here are some recommendations for you to choose from.
Phat Diem Cathedral entrance fee
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Other destinations can combine to travel with Phat Diem Stone Cathedral
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is known as the largest pagoda in Vietnam as well as in the Asian area. Every day, this pagoda attracts thousands of tourists coming to visit. When coming to Bai Dinh Pagoda, you can not only contemplate the stunning construction of architecture but also learn more about Buddhism and how this religion has an impact on Vietnamese culture.
You can also visit this pagoda at any time of a year to explore interesting things about the pagoda. However, if you travel in the March according to Lunar Calendar, you will have a chance to join the big festival of Bai Dinh Pagoda that will definitely impress you much.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong
Tam Coc -Bich Dong is one of the most favorite tourist attractions in Ninh Binh that you can’t miss whenever going to this land of historical sites and natural destinations. Here you can contemplate the natural beauty of breathtaking scenery of limestone mountains, stunning caves and the crystal clear water when experiencing the boat ride with locals to explore this pristine beauty.
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Especially in this trip, you can trek to the peak of Mua Cave and have an overview of Tam Coc Valley with majestic mountains and romantic rivers, as well as take lots of beautiful pictures here.
Trang An is recognized as a cultural and natural heritage site of the world by UNESCO in 2014, also a place to make the famous film “King Kong”. Trang An includes lots of historical sites and natural places that will attract you to come back when you first visit this wonderful land.
For its beauty and the similar to Halong, people name it as “Halong Bay on land” which will never be exaggerating. If you have any chance to travel in Ninh Binh, Trang An must be listed in your journey as a priority.
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Not only a beautiful church with a unique architectural style, but Phat Diem stone cathedral is also a place of religion, culture and maintains Vietnamese history. Therefore, it deserves to be your destination when you travel to Ninh Binh.
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