Phat Dien church in Vietnamese calls Nha Tho Da Phat Diem, it is located in Phat Diem Town, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh Province. And today, Phat Diem Church becomes one of the most attractive places in Ninh Binh and there are thousands of domestic and foreign tourists coming to visit this church each year. The tourists are attracted by the ancient and unique architecture of the church. It was combined between Vietnamese architecture and French architecture that created the church is very unique and strange in the world.
Phat Diem church was built and managed by the priest Father Tran Luc also called as Pere Six in French or Cu Sau in Vietnamese in 1892. Pere Six’s tomb is in the front yard of the minster. The wooden statues in the cathedral were all carved by Pho Gia, a Vietnamese artisan.
Phat Diem Church contains one big church and 5 smaller churches and all works were built by the natural stones that why local people call Nha Tho Da Phat Diem that means the churches were built by stones.
When tourists come here, they will be attracted by Phuong Dinh that means the square bell house, the house looks like a communal house in Vietnam, the house’s high at 21 meters and a width of 25 meters and three floors. It is very unique because this work is served for Christian but the architecture extremely looks like a temple or pagoda with the winding roof as a sail-frame. The most material was built the church by stone and ironwood. The ironwood imported from Nghe An & Thanh Hoa province where is about 100 km from Ninh Binh province. And the stone collected from Thien Duong & Nhoi Mountain was about 30-50 km from the church’s location.
The biggest stone block has a weight of 20 tons and the iron tree has weighed 7 tons and all of them were transferred by the very simple tool at the beginning of the XIX century.
The church has the details with the skillful sculpture that showed the image of Vietnam’s village, people, and countryside.
Phat Diem Church is a place for Christian people in Kim Son and other places coming to pray every day but it is not similar to other normal churches in Vietnam. It has a very special architecture that combines unique Vietnamese architecture and French architecture. This particularity of church attracts many foreign travelers coming here to visit. Phat Diem Church Tours are the interesting of Ninh Binh Tours to explore the cultural heritage of Vietnam as the unique image of architecture in Vietnam.
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