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Phat Diem Cathedral

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Phat Diem Cathedral

155 Reviews
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Luu Phuong Commune Phat Diem Town, Kim Son District, Ninh Binh 40000 Vietnam
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srvctraveler wrote a review Nov 2019
Denver, Colorado24 contributions14 helpful votes
Great architecture and a fascinating history giving insight into the role of the French and the Catholic Church in this part of Vietnam.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Gustave S wrote a review Oct 2019
Hanoi, Vietnam12 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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FrankSteve wrote a review Oct 2019
New York86 contributions36 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Carla Christina wrote a review Jul 2019
Hanoi, Vietnam14 contributions
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Sunny K wrote a review Apr 2019
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India171 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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