Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, Ninh Binh

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Marvel at an imposing castle-looking edifice of Nhà xứ Phát Diệm, an impressive Roman-Catholic cathedral built on a huge estate. Consecrated in 1892, the cathedral blends Sino-Vietnamese and European neo-Gothic styles with five separate side chapels and facing a large man-made pool. A colossal stone bell tower with Chinese-style pointed roofs surrounded by four side pinnacles. Admire angels carved in stone and elaborate woodworking at the altarpieces underneath tall single-nave painted ceilings supported by 54 pillars. Take a stroll around a well-maintained garden and enjoy serenity. Observe processions during festivities and holidays and climb the tower to get a panoramic view. Use our Ninh Binh itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Nhà xứ Phát Diệm and other attractions in Ninh Binh.
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  • This cathedral is a stunning combination of sino vietnanese styke mixed with gothic. Itbiscan enormousvcomplex. FathervSix ( sau) started it. Itbgained world renown being described in graham greenebs ...  more »
  • The way from Tam Coc to Phat Diem by motobike takes quite a while (1h), but it's totally worth it!! We enjoyed walking through the cathedral's area... many little chapels. It's a quiet place, only wit...  more »
  • From Ninh Binh almost an hour's drive away. In itself is fun to visit, but not a must see. Little information at the Church (on the internet) and you can just walk around it. 1 part was open, unfortunately the turret. Advantage: free.
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  • Impressive wood and stone buildings arranged on a medium sized site. Quite a large main cathedral building at the centre. Very ornate decorations and carvings. Interesting to see the combination of Asian/Buddhist (?) architectural influences fused with Christianity. I hope this place will be well preserved as it seems like an interesting cultural and historic site. We were pleased we took the detour to visit.
  • The famous Phát Diệm Cathedral is famous for a reason. One, it’s absolutely beautiful and the architecture is fabulous, inside and out. Here, we got another amazing tour guide, a young scholar of the cathedral, also very eloquent in his manner of speech. He knew the church like the Bible and he had the keys to everything…which is great since we got to go up to the bell tower. Mom and Dad even got to ring the bell once. Nine rings signify the death of a Catholic woman and seven rings signify the death of a Catholic man. Mom, in her misunderstanding, said that if you ring the bell nine times, a woman dies…but I corrected her in that when a woman dies, THEN the bell is rung nine times. If it happened the other way, I’d probably be dead!
  • It's a masterpierce of the 18th century church architecture in northern Vietnam.
  • Good place. But not thaaat unbelievably great, as many people say in reviews :) Just nice) as for me - it's just for 15 minutes visit.
  • Really interesting place to visit. This religious site has a unique architecture, and stays original till now. Unfortunately there is a ceremony during my short visit so I didn't go into the main chamber.
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