-- Ninh Binh
  -- Ninh Binh Bich Dong Pag.
  -- Ninh Binh Bai Dinh Pag.
  -- Ninh Binh Cathedral
  -- Ninh Binh Map
  -- Ninh Binh Mua Cave
  -- Ninh Binh Tam Coc
  -- Ninh Binh Thai Vi Temple
  -- Cuc Phuong NP
  -- Hoa Lu, old capital
  -- Trang An Eco


 -- Climate

 -- Distance Chart Vietnam

 -- Festivals

 -- Foreign Embassies

 -- Minorities

 -- Tet/ Vietnam New Year

 -- Travel Documents

 -- Vaccinations

 -- Vietnam Buses

 -- Vietnam Map

 -- Vietnam Trains

 -- Vietnamese People

  North Vietnam


  Cao Bang

  Cat Ba

  Dien Bien Phu

  Duong Lam

  Ha Giang

  Ha Long Bay

  Hai Phong

  Hoa Binh

  Lai Chau

  Lang Son

  Lao Cai

  Mai Chau

  Ninh Binh


  Son La

  Vinh City

  Central Vietnam

  Buon Ma Thuot

  Cham Islands

  Da Nang

  Dak Lak

  Dong Hoi

  Hien Luong Bridge

  Hoi An


  Kon Tum

  My Son (temple complex)

  Nha Trang

  Phong Nha - Ke Bang


  Quy Nhon

  Thien Mu Pagoda (Hué)

  Tuy Hoa

  Vinh Moc (tunnels)

  South Vietnam

  Ho Chi Minh City

  Ben Tre

  Can Tho

  Chau Doc

  Con Dao Islands

  Cu Chi (tunnels)


  Floating Markets

  Ha Tien - Phu Quoc

  Long Xuyen

  Mekong (by bike)

  My Tho

  Nam Du Archipelago

  Phan Thiet/ Mui Ne

  Phu Quoc Island

  Rach Gia - Phu Quoc

  Vung Tau

  The Rest







Ninh Binh

"A visit to the cathedral was an unforgettable highlight of our trip to Vietnam. The architecture is beautiful, the atmosphere peaceful and the gardens beautiful. The structures and grounds exude a vibrant and unique history. A mixture of European and Vietnamese design, with pagoda-style roofs, the cathedral was designed in 1892 by Father Tran Luc, a Vietnamese priest. Graham Greene featured the cathedral in a memorable scene from The Quiet American. We spent several hours exploring the place, in awe of everything we saw, and will definitely return to Vietnam to see the cathedral again."

Phat Diem Cathedral

          The Phat Diem Cathedral - is 34 kilometers away from Ninh Binh center and sits in the middle of scenic canals and rice paddies. The little town is called Kim Son, The cathedral is built of stones is a very beautiful mixture of eastern & western gothic architecture which includes 2 gothic chapels and some massive ironwood columns.
Phat Diem Cathedral is 120 km from the South of Hanoi. It was built from 1875 to 1898. The name “Phat Diem” was given by Nguyen Cong Tru with mean of arising beauty. It took 24 years to complete the cathedral. With technical standard and traffic condition in the late 19th century, the transport of thousands of tons of rocks (some rocks weigh 20 tons) and hundreds of iron wood trees to Phat Diem was an incredible attempt.

Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is among the most famous and most beautiful churches in Vietnam with unique architecture: a tasteful combination of western church architecture design and Vietnamese religious buildings.
The church was built by stone and timber. The material very easy to get in Ninh Binh province. The preparation stage, mainly extracting substances from limestone mountains, took the neighborhood as much as 10 years to finish.
Phat Diem Cathedral is a complex comprising of a river, a cathedral, a stone church, Phuong Dinh and 3 artificial grottoes. At first sight. Visitors will see the square lake in-front of the cathedral. At the center of the lake, there's A little island with a statue of Jesus Christ.


Phuong Dinh readily becomes the next eye catching monument, with rock carvings on either side of the walls. It's 25 m large, 17m broad and 24m long with three floors. The first floor is covered by large green flagstones. The upper and middle floors house a big drum and a bell.
The cathedral is 74 meters long, 21 meters wide and 15 meters high with four roofs. It had been built 6 rows of monolithic ironwood. Inside the cathedral are just four small churches of different styles.
Around Phat Diem Cathedral, you will find so many beautiful stone caves and hills that are artificial. With an artistic design and skillful approach, Phat Diem Cathedral is a pride of several local Ninh Binh individuals. Beside visit Phat Diem Stone Cathedral you may visit Kim Son for sedge mats.

Inside the Cathedral

The most suitable time to travel to Phat Diem Cathedral is probably at Christmas. Because the largest community activity of the parishioners here. At Christmas Eve, there will be many meaningful activities. Especially elaborately decorated and prepared that will make visitors bewildered by the splendid beauty of Phat Diem Church at night.

Phat Diem Cathedral



From a Travel Blog:

"It may be further away from all the other attractions but definitely worth the visits if you are interested in the olden buildings. The architecture is very unique and the scenery is lovely. I would recommend to choose a cooler day to visit as the sun can be quite harsh in the hot summer months."





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