Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral, Ninh Binh

Phat Diem Cathedral
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kellyandrewtomas
Hanoi, Vietnam55 contributions
Oct 2020
As a fairly small nondescript town in Vietnam you wouldn't expect Phat Diem to have such an impressive cathedral. It was both the size and style that kept me wandering the grounds for about 1 hour. While I was there it is peaceful. Overall I would say it has been maintained well with only a few areas needing repair and no rubbish.
Written December 21, 2020
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Quang Kiet Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam770 contributions
Dec 2020
It took us more than 2 hours travelling from Hanoi. Phat Diem Cathedral actually consisted of one big church and 4 smaller ones surrounding. The churches were beautifully blended of the traditional Vietnamese culture and architecture and the Western religion reflecting in every single corner. Highly recommended to register a short tour with the sister at the Information Centre to understand more about the history.
Written December 5, 2020
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srvctraveler
Denver, CO31 contributions
Nov 2019
Great architecture and a fascinating history giving insight into the role of the French and the Catholic Church in this part of Vietnam.
Written November 22, 2019
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Gustave S
Hanoi, Vietnam12 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
The place feels serene if not in desolation. Only one of the four chapel is still in use, the others have been converted to what seems to be classes.

You are free to roam the area which is a nice way to visit at your own pace. The grounds are nice but the buildings are in need of tender love and care (TLC).

Most display a serious amount of grime and a good power washer would do wonders. Still a nice place to see but I fear the future will not be kind to it.

The interior of the cathedral is also very dusty, the golden leaves and ornaments are not maintained. It seems like they don’t bother with maintaining the cathedral at all.

In my opinion they should charge a fee for entrance except for mass and locals and take better care of the buildings.

I am glad I went to see it, gave to the maintenance box but I wish the Church would take better care of it.

People like to see historical buildings, give them a better experience so more people will want to come and visit them.
Written October 29, 2019
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FrankSteve
New York89 contributions
Apr 2019
Visiting the cathedral was an unforgettable highlight of our trip to Vietnam. The architecture is stunning, the atmosphere peaceful, and the gardens beautiful. The structures and grounds exude a vibrant and unique history. A blending of European and Vietnamese design, with pagoda style roofs, the cathedral was designed in 1892 by Father Tran Luc, a Vietnamese priest. Graham Greene featured the cathedral in a memorable scene of The Quiet American. We spent several hours exploring the place, in awe of everything we saw, and will surely return to Vietnam to see the cathedral again.
Written October 8, 2019
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Carla Christina
Hanoi, Vietnam14 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
It may be further away from all the other attractions but definitely worth the visits if you are interested in the olden buildings. The architecture is very unique and the scenery is lovely. I would recommend to choose a cooler day to visit as the sun can be quite harsh in the hot summer months.
Written July 29, 2019
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Sunny K
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India171 contributions
Feb 2019
Its really beautiful and well preserved! A unique blend of European and Vietnamese Architecture and not to be missed if you are in Ninh Binh or TamCoc. It is built with pagoda type roofs in traditional Vietnamese temple architecture.
The Cathedral is big and there are also small churches in the same complex. Some are not used and some are still being used. Its 35 km from TamCoc and can be easily reached on motorbike. Just follow Google Map.

Written April 19, 2019
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planetawdrodze
Krakow, Poland248 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This cathedral is just amazing. It was far more what ive expected. If you have time to come here - do it. We took a motorbike from Ninh Binh and got there, see cathedral and came back.
Written March 15, 2019
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girlgirl66
Singapore, Singapore168 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
I could see the toll of time on the stone walls of all the buildings here and I marvel at how it remains strong over the years. The carvings are so deep and intricate that they stand out at night. The interior has a lot of wood elements and is obviously influenced by Vietnamese compared to St Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi Old Quarter. I also like the large grounds that appears linked to what seemed like a community house and also how the faith had spilled over into what appears to be a lake with statue of worship in the middle. Everything is so wonderful and lovely here. I strongly recommend tourists to walk around the Kim Son District that is surrounding this beautiful place of worship.
Written December 9, 2018
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Phu Truong Thang
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam201 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
When we talk about the Roman Catholic architecture, we normally think about the design of Gothic, Romanesque or Renaissance. Surprisingly, this cathedral was mixed between the French culture and Vietnamese culture.
Written May 21, 2018
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