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Celebrate Christmas at 6 most beautiful churches in Vietnam

Translated by Bing
Every Christmas, churches everywhere are splendidly decorated, attracting people to visit and pray for a good year.

Hanoi Cathedral

Address: 40 Nha Chung Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral or still known as the Cathedral by Hanoi people is one of the earliest Christian buildings built in the capital.

The cathedral is designed in typical European Gothic style but still has a harmonious blend with traditional Vietnamese style when using terracotta brick materials and tile roofs. Inside the church, the wooden sanctuary and altar area are carved with patterns and painted with gold lacquer imbued with folk art.

Located in the middle of the city center, the Cathedral has become an attractive tourist attraction, especially at Christmas. Every year, from around the end of November, the cathedral has been brightly decorated with grottoes, large pine trees, shimmering lights to welcome a memorable holiday season.

Holy Kien Lao Temple

Address: Xuan Tien Commune, Xuan Truong District, Nam Dinh Province

Referring to the land of Thanh Nam - Nam Dinh, it is impossible not to mention the church system with impressive architecture. In particular, the famous Saint Kien Lao temple is likened to a magnificent castle that people often see in movies.

The church of Saint Kien Lao temple is designed after the church of Our Lady of Bui Chu and decorated with embossed statues built by artisans in the area. The highlight of the church is its wide spherical roof and soaring bell tower. The church is located between the villages, next to the clear blue river, creating a peaceful highlight for the space here.

Photo: Catechist of Kien Lao Holy Temple, Vietnam Landmarks

Hung Nghia Church

Address: Hai Hung Commune, Hai Hau District, Nam Dinh Province

Hung Nghia Church is located in Hai Hung commune, about 30km from the center of Nam Dinh city. This is one of the parishes possessing the most magnificent and massive architecture, making anyone who has the opportunity to admire it. Observing more closely, you will have to admit that this is an extremely sophisticated and sophisticated work. In particular, the gray color covering the entire church makes this place exude mystique.

In winter, when Christmas is approaching and the North becomes cold, visit Hung Nghia Church, you will immediately have a unique set of "heavenly travel" photos.

Photo: Hung Nghia Sacred Heart Temple Parish - Bui Chu, Internet

Kon Tum wooden church

Address: 13 Nguyen Hue Street, Thong Nhat Ward, Kon Tum City, Kon Tum

The wooden church is the simple name that people often use to call Kon Tum Cathedral because this building is built entirely of coffee wood and has become the pride of the mountain town. The wooden church has a unique blend between Roman architecture and stilt houses of Ba Na ethnic people. From the textures to the accents on the materials, they are bold cultural nuances and beliefs of the Central Highlanders.

Kon Tum wooden church is a closed building including: synagogue, reception house, display house of ethnic and religious products, dragon house. There are also orphanages, sewing facilities, brocade weaving, carpentry facilities.

Tan Dinh Church - Saigon

Address: 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the busy area of District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Dinh Church stands out with its sweet pastel pink paint, especially attracting young people to come here to take photos and visit.

For more than 100 years of existence, Tan Dinh Church has undergone many renovations and expansions but has not erased the original architectural features. The overall church has a Gothic style, but the decorative details are a bit Roman and Baroque classic. The façade consists of a main tower and two sub-towers with many charming windflower windows. Every Christmas, Tet holiday, Tan Dinh Church often hangs many large strings of lights, shimmering throughout the street.

Photo: Shutterstock, Tan Dinh Parish

Notre Dame Cathedral

Address: 01 Paris Commune Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Notre Dame Cathedral is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City, an architectural masterpiece that contributes to the urban appearance of Saigon.

Notre Dame Cathedral is built in Romanesque architecture, possessing a large space from outside to inside the cathedral. The building is a unified combination of many architectural blocks, each block has a separate roof system. The surface of the church is built entirely of ceiling bricks and blue stones, without plastering with meticulous calculation, accuracy, and astonishing proportions. Until now, the church has retained its original brick color and appearance. The foundation of the cathedral is specially designed, withstanding a load 10 times more than the entire structure of the cathedral located above. The church also did not have fences or walls like the churches around the Saigon - Gia Dinh area at that time.

Writer: Jennie

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