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Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok

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The Assumption Cathedral is the principal Roman Catholic church of Thailand, located within the grounds of Assumption College at 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, in the Bang Rak district of Bangkok. It is the main church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok. It was visited by Pope John Paul II during his trip to Thailand in 1984.
The Renaissance style building is the Cathedral of the Archbishop and of the Archdiocese of Bangkok.
The Latin term "Assumpta est Maria in Caelum" ("the assumption of Mary into heaven") is inscribed in the arch of the ceiling in the middle of the Cathedral.
The history of the Cathedral date back to the year 1820 when Bishop Florens was the head of the “Siam Mission”. A piece of land was purchased to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, paid for by donations. A traditional Thai-style church was completed for the Catholic community in that area in the year 1821, and given the name “Assumption Church”. After the completion of the church, the office of the bishop was built nearby and in the following year, the church was named “The Assumption Cathedral”, the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Bangkok Diocese. Since then, the Assumption Cathedral has continuously been the permanent residence of all the bishops of the Bangkok Diocese.
By 1909, owing to the growth of the Catholic community, the old Thai style church building was too small. Fr. Colombet, the Rector of the Cathedral, decided to construct a new church. A French architect designed the master plan. Local construction materials were used. The interior decorations such as marble were ordered from Italy and all the stained glasses were ordered from France. The construction work took 9 years to complete. The new Cathedral was consecrated on 15 August 1919, the Feast of the Assumption, by Bishop Rene Perros.
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  • Located down a small alley, this church sits between Assumption University and a small square/parking lot. While the facade indicates that the church was recently built, the roots are much older. Go p...  more »
  • I arrived 30 mins before the 10am English mass so I toured the vicinity first. The cathedral sits in a compound of a school near the Mandarin Oriental, there is parking space for about 20 vehicles, co...  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral, they have a dress code; no shorts/ tank top. Located next to Oriental Hotel in a very small street. They also have english mass on sunday morning.  more »
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  • A lovely sacred space. Amazing acoustics—-so please be quiet as you are walking through. Beautiful fragrant flowers — especially at the shrine of Mary.
  • Beautiful cathedral. The audio quality was among the best heard for a room of its size. Sunday 10:00am English speaking mass.
  • Beautiful English spoken Sunday mass. Worth to go there. Beautiful cathedral.
  • A taste of Christian influence in Buddhist-dominated country.
  • Always love to come here, beautiful and quiet place in Bangrak.
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