Although a huge percentage of the people in Nha Trang follow Buddhism, there’s still a strong population of Catholics in the area. Situated in 31A Thai Nguyen Street in Nha Trang, the Nha Trang Cathedral is a religious facility that provides a worshipping place for the Christian population in the city. The church is highly influenced by French Catholicism. It stands at the west part of the city centre and can easily be reached via local transports. The church is famous for its impressive structure, proven by the noticeable French gothic-inspired architecture. Through the years, it attracted visitors with its intricate structural design and tranquil surroundings.
Founded in 1928, it took five years to build the church, complete with colorful stained-glass windows. The construction was led by a French priest named Louis Vallet. The Nha Trang Cathedral stands over a small hill that overlooks the train station. It is a very elegant building despite being constructed from simple cement blocks. The building is quaint, easy to notice and free. A few Vietnamese touches include the pink backlight on the tabernacle, red neon outline on the crucifix, blue neon on the arch and white neon halo on top of St. Mary’s statue. In 1988, a Catholic cemetery close to the church was exhumed due to the construction of a new railway building. The remains were taken to the church to be reburied. Located at the back wall of the cathedral, the graves containing cremation ashes were placed in cavities with gravestones lined in slopes of the hill. [Read more…]