Although it is an Asian country and mainly Buddhist, Vietnam still has many beautiful and famous churches from the North to the South. Let’s take a look at 8 beautiful churches in Vietnam representing eight renowned tourist cities.
01. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
First of all, we have to mention the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city. This is one of the city’s symbols, which is a vital check-in point for domestic and foreign tourists. With a location right in the heart of District 1, this church often welcomes a large number of tourists to visit and take pictures.
Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon built in the 19th century in the Roman architecture mixed with Gothic typical of France. All construction materials such as cement, reinforcement, screws, etc..were from France. The highlight of the church is the striking orange bricks, the bell tower, and the large, beautiful front park.
Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful church in Vietnam with a history of hundreds of years. The structure of the church is in the form of Basilica, which has a sizeable cross-shaped surface. Inside the church, there is a large center in the middle, two wing corridors, and harem unique, beautiful.
Visiting this famous church, you can feel the Roman architectural style expressed through the arches on the windows, doors, and decorative lines outside the church. Besides, the rose window is also a highlight to create the beauty of Notre Dame.
02. Dalat Cathedral – Dalat Chicken Church
The second place of the list is the Chicken Church or Dalat Cathedral. This place is not only a symbol of the flower city but also a beautiful church in Vietnam. The church is famous for the Roman architecture of the Catholic churches in Europe.
According to historical records, Dalat Cathedral started building and completed in 11 years. The dimension of this famous church is 65 meters long and 14 meters wide. In particular, the church’s bell tower is 47 meters high. As a result, we can see many places in the city from here.
Not to mention, the Chicken church in Da Lat has the beauty of elegance, sophistication, and peace. From a distance, the church is pale yellow in combination with a bit of pink, a dreamy atmosphere in the heart of the foggy city. When you enter the church and look at close range, you will see the exceptionally meticulously design of this building.
The highlight of the church is the circular arc window, the colorful decorative pictures on the roof, and the bas-reliefs made from cement decorated inside the church. All the perfect smallest details create an absolute harmony for the project. Also, on the cross of the church, there is an alloy chicken. That is why this place is called the name of the Chicken church – an attraction not to be missed when traveling to Dalat.
Leaving the foggy city, you will move to Kon Tum to admire the beauty of the hundred-year-old wooden church. In 1913 a French priest started building the Kon Tum Cathedral near the Dak Bla River. And it took five years to complete.
This religious work combines classical Roman architecture and the beauty of traditional Ba Na stilt houses. Uniquely, the ingenious blend of architecture with precious wood materials has created an attraction for Kon Tum wooden church.
Significantly, this hundred-year-old church is completely non-concrete and steel-supported. Columns, trusses are made of rose-wood of the Central Highlands. Meanwhile, the walls are made of straw mixed with soil.
Today, Kon Tum wooden church has become a religious place for Ba Na ethnic people. In particular, this is also a destination for visitors to go when traveling to Kon Tum. From a distance, the church has a strange purple-brown color, standing in the middle of the sky of the Central Highlands.
04. Mang Lang Church – Phu Yen Province
If you come to the land of yellow flowers and green grass, besides exploring Ganh Da Dia, O Loan Lagoon, etc., please spend some time visiting the ancient Mang Lang Church, located in Tuy An district, Phú Yên province.
Mang Lang Church is a beautiful church in Vietnam, famous for its ancient architecture tinged with time. In particular, this is the place to store the first book of the Vietnamese national language. In 1892, the church was started construction with an area of up to 5000 square meters, surrounded by neat green trees.
Similar to many other ancient churches in our country, the Mang Lang church has the Gothic style with a superficial and magnificent appearance. Entering the church gate, you will see the cross in the middle, the bell tower and the facade to the left and right, and the arched door frame in the corridor. Beyond the church, there is a round-shaped design, quite similar to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon.
On the contrary to other famous churches in Vietnam, the space inside the Mang Lang church is not too large. However, the art deco with the intricate carvings, sculptures on the walls, on the columns,etc.. create impressive highlights for the church. If you have the opportunity to Phu Yen tourism, do not forget to check-in the Mang Lang church.
05. Phu Cam Church, Hue
Hue is dreaming beautiful with many attractive destinations, in which Phu Cam church is the place many young people often check-in. This beautiful church in Vietnam is like a “miniature heaven” in the heart of the ancient capital, located on Phuoc Qua hill, at 1 Doan Huu Trung street.
The construction of Phu Cam Hue Church started in 1963 with the design of architect Ngo Viet Thu. Although its appearance is similar to Europe, the architecture of this church is a combination of classical lines. The church is 24 meters wide and 80 meters long, parallel a bell tower as high as 43.5 meters.
Not only a beautiful church in Vietnam, but the Phu Cam church is also a long-standing religious building in the ancient capital of Hue. Phu Cam Church is, according to experts, expressive work. In the center of the church, the façade looks like an extended bible. And the rest of the building looks like the shape of a cross, the head facing south and the foot facing north.
The Phu Cam church is the most comprehensive place for spiritual activity in the ancient capital. The cathedral inside can accommodate up to 2500 people at the same time. Indeed, the spacious room, in combination with two rows of colored mirror doors above, helps provide enough natural light. Visiting this famous church, visitors will feel more authentic about the beauty of Western classical art based on modern technology.
06. The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church), Sapa
Every tourist city of Vietnam has an iconic church building, indeed. And so is the Sapa. The stone church located in the heart of Sapa town is the check-in point that is a must-visit for any visitor. As a matter of fact, with nearly 100 years of age, this is one of the most ancient churches in Vietnam.
The French built this Stone Church in 1935 with a total area of 6000 meters. The style of ancient Roman Gothic architecture has created a unique beauty for the church, reflected through the arches, bell towers, and the pyramid roof. All combined rhythmically creates an elegant beauty in the middle of the foggy town.
The entire of the Sapa stone church is made of hewn stone material, blocks of rock connected by a mixture of sand, lime, and molasses. As a result, this religious building exudes an old, mysterious beauty, especially when Sapa is in the snow season.
Sapa Stone Church is not only a religious symbol of Sapa but also a popular check-in point for tourists. Whether Vietnamese or foreigners, everyone wants to stop to enjoy the beauty of the church, take a few pictures like that. Besides, in front of the stone church is also the place where it holds cultural activities of Sapa minorities.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
Listing the beautiful churches in Vietnam but forgetting Hanoi’s cathedral is a significant omission. This church is a famous religious building in the capital, a check-in point that no tourist wants to miss when coming to Hanoi.
The cathedral is in the middle of 3 streets of Nha Chung, Nha Tho, and Ly Quoc Su, prominent in the heart of the city with old colors and mysterious beauty. The medieval Gothic architecture in Europe partly creates an extraordinary vision for the cathedral. Thus, at first glance, you will see this beautiful church is similar to the Màng Lăng church in Phú Yên.
From the outside, the Cathedral is impressive with its majestic beauty, 3-part structure with a cross in the middle and a tower on both sides. Over time, the walls became stale, created the impressive silver gray . Inside, the church is quite spacious, the paintings of stained glass become more magical when the sun shines on.
There are many beautiful highlights in the cathedral, but only when you go directly, take a walk inside and look carefully, you will feel its beauty complete. Although the construction of houses and shops grows like mushrooms around, this church still retains the classic and solemn essence in the heart of Hanoi.
08. Hung Nghia Church, Nam Dinh
Nam Dinh is known as the land of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam. The province has many large and famous churches, in which Hung Nghia church is the most popular one. In the foreground, this cathedral looks like the Hogwart Magic Academy in the Harry Potter movie.
Formerly, Hung Nghia Church was a wooden church built-in 1894. After that, the church was severely degrading, so it was newly built in 1990 with stone, bricks, and some other modern materials. The church has European architecture with 74 meters long, 24 meters wide. The spire-shaped towers rise straight to the sky, combined with the intricate sculptural details on the columns and trusses, creating a magnificent and magnificent beauty for the church.
This famous church has a dark gray color, both mysterious and fairytale. The color, texture, and architecture of the church have made an impressive highlight for the whole project. Therefore, tourists to Nam Dinh often visit here, take photos.
In summary, there are many beautiful and famous churches in Vietnam. In particular, 8 beautiful churches in Vietnam symbolizing eight tourist cities are the check-in points that you cannot ignore when you have the opportunity to travel. Most of these churches are European architectural styles, making a difference compared to many other religious architectural works in Vietnam.