Nha Trang is a major tourist coastal city of Vietnam. Every year, this place attracts millions of both domestic and foreign tourists to visit and relax. In addition to the famous sights such as Dai Lanh (Đại Lãnh), and Binh Hung (Bình Hưng), famous islands such as Hon Tre (Hòn Tre), Binh Ba (Bình Ba), and Binh Lap (Bình Lập) , when coming to Nha Trang, visitors also have the opportunity to explore historical monuments and cultural buildings with unique architecture. One of Nha Trang attractions that visitors should not miss is Nha Trang cathedral.
The Unique Beauty Of Nha Trang Church
Nha Trang cathedral is located on Thai Nguyen Street (Đường Thái Nguyên) in Nha Trang City. Every year, this church attracts many visitors, especially foreigners. This cathedral also has other names like Mountain Church (Nhà Thờ Núi), Stone Church (Nhà Thờ Đá), Nga Sau Church (Nhà Thờ Ngã Sáu).
This cathedral was built on September 3, 1928 with the official name of King Christian Church. However, people in the area often remind and call this church with other simple names such as Stone Church or Mountain Church.
With the idea of spreading the Catholic lifestyle in Nha Trang, Louis Vallet (1869 – 1945) devoted his heart to build the church. After his death, his grave was placed at the foot of the church.
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Nha Trang Cathedral has a Gothic architecture with 3 distinct parts: the upper part is the corridor and two bell towers; the middle is the glass window with the color of the roses; and the bottom part is the door.
From afar, the cathedral is like an ancient castle made of gray stone plates. The most unique feature of this cathedral is the bronze bell hanging on the bell tower. They are not a usual bell, but rather of the famous Bourdon Carillon bell.
According to records, in order to flatten the hilltop, 500 mines were used. Thanks to it, the new church was built in a convenient way.
When walking through the Tien Dan door of Nha Trang Cathedral, you will encounter a vast space filled with light. That is the cathedral. The Cathedral is an open space for Gothic architecture with bent and wide arches heading towards the sky. The most unique things are decorative patterns like the straight lines that make up the simple and harmonious but also very dignified beauty.
The walls at Nha Trang Cathedral are characterized by special paintings. Designers have also been very clever and sophisticated when it comes to installing a variety of glasses into the dome to exploit the sunshine of both East and West. All features create a beautiful and gentle scene, dispel the feeling of cold, and soothe the solemn atmosphere that is usually found in places of worship.
When you walk into the cathedral, you will be overwhelmed by its wide and high internal space. As you look up at the ceiling of the dome which is shaded by colorful glass windows, you will see the two sides of the wall that are sacred Jesus statues. The sunshine shimmering into that space creates more magical and mystical sensations.
Going along the side of the church, visitors will pass through a row of square pillars. Despite their age, they still retain their distinctive architecture – arches and patterns characterizing Catholicism.
Beside the stone stairs, the entrance leading to the campus is a part of the priest Louis Vallet – the devotee dedicated to building churches to help spread Catholicism in Nha Trang.
Activities At Nha Trang Cathedral
Nha Trang is full of sun and wind. For Nha Trang parishioners, the cathedral is an indispensable part of their spiritual life. Visitors going to the cathedral at any time of the year can feel the sacred beauty of paradise in the world.
However, the period from the beginning of November to Noel is the time that Nha Trang Cathedral attracts the large number of tourists, especially international ones. They like to walk on the encrusted road, through 53 steps, to get to the yard in front of the church to watch the flow of people on the street.
Much more than that, Nha Trang Cathedral is a beautiful space which is also very popular with photographers and filmmakers. That is why this place was also chosen as the location for taking wedding photos of many couples. Under the sacred place of Nha Trang Cathedral, the sky is like a certificate for the sublimation of love couples.
Some Attention Upon Visiting Nha Trang Cathedral
The church is sacred so you need to pay attention to your clothes. Please wear long and polite clothes.
At the main gate and the church’s back porch, there is a group of foreign tourists who may cheat on you. They charge up to 50,000 VND / person. Remember that Nha Trang Rock Church is free entrance.
The above is some general information and helpful tips about Nha Trang Cathedral. Hopefully, it will help your trip get going smoothly. If you have any questions, leave a comment, we will reply as soon as possible.