Phat Diem Stone Cathedral

Attraction Phat Diem, Kim Son, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017

1 hour
06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
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Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings.

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Why Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is special ?

Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, located in Kim Son District of Ninh Binh Province, is about 120 kilometers from Hanoi to the south, built in the 1875s to 1898s, with oriental architecture.

This is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination of Western architectural style and Vietnamese religious buildings. It took 24 years to build this church from 1875 to 1898. And as its name suggests, it was built of stone and wood that are readily available in the mountain area of Ninh Binh. The preparation phase, mainly extracting materials from limestone mountains, took the locals as many as 10 years to finish.


What to explore at Phat Diem Stone Cathedral?

Phat Diem Cathedral is a complex comprising of a lake, a cathedral, a stone church, Phuong Dinh (bell house) and three artificial grottoes. At first sight, visitors are easily attracted to square lake on the main road to the cathedral. In the middle of the lake, there is a small island with statue of Jesus Christ. Phuong Dinh easily becomes the next eye-catching monument, with stone carvings on both sides of the walls. It is 25 m high, 17m wide and 24m long with three stories. The first floor is covered by large green flagstones. With artistic design and skillful technique, Phat Diem Cathedral is a pride of many local Ninh Binh people.


Selling points

  • A big part of Vietnamese history here
  • Interesting mix of East meets West in architecture
  • A unique cathedral, Truly beautiful
  • A must for architecture and history lover
  • Great stone church and nice local Catherine people
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Phat Diem, Kim Son, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • The small guidebook for sale at the cathedral entrance is a great companion to a walk through the grounds.
    What to buy
  • Guided tours are available to give you an insight into the history of the cathedral.
  • The main road to Kim Son tends to be busy. If you travel with a guide or a xe om, ask to travel the quiet route.
  • It's worth taking a wander through some other nearby churches and Kim Son town while in the area. Check out the main market, the street stalls and the French era bridge across the canal.
    Things nearby


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Although quite a long way from Ninh Binh town it is worth visiting and perhaps combining with a visit to another site. We combined it with Mru Caves and hired a car and driver. The cathedral has very unusual architecture and looks more like a temple than a church. We visited at Christmas so it was attractively decked out with lots of lights and cribs. It's connections with Graham Greene add to the interest.

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