On the peaceful Dak Bla River, Kon Tum is a tourist destination looking for wild, majestic beauty. In addition to charming scenery, Kon Tum also contains in itself the ancient definition of the 100-year-old wooden cathedral in Kon Tum.
The wooden church is designed in Roman architecture, in collaboration with the stilt architecture of the Ba Na people from the textures to accents on the material, so it is rich in the culture and beliefs of the Central Highlands people.
As the oldest and most beautiful monument in Kon Tum, the Cathedral is on the must-go list of many tourists coming to the poetic highland city.
The Cathedral is intimately referred to by the people here as a wooden church because this unique building was built entirely of wood, designed with classical Roman architecture combined with the traditional stilt architecture of Ba Na people here. It was completed and put into use by a French priest who started construction in 1913 until early 1918.
So many years in the sun and wind of the Central Highlands, yet the church is still strong and ancient.
A statue of Monsignor Martial Jannin Phuoc – the first bishop of the Diocese of Kontum, who had made great contributions to evangelisation in the Central Highlands, was erected in the courtyard.
Inside the church, there are many rows of small columns connected by wooden arcs to create arches to support the upper windows as if embracing those in the heart of the church. Inside the church are many stained-glass windows that paint the biblical scriptures, these frames both work to take natural light from the sky, and add a magnificent splendor to the church.
A small corner at the wooden church.
Young women show off in the 100-year-old wooden cathedral in Kon Tum
Source: Lao Dong