VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi’s streets and shops are well decorated in preparation for a Merry Christmas. Below are the best churches in Hanoi for Christmas.
The church is located in the city center. It is built on the foundation of Bao Thien – the famous ancient tower of Thang Long in the Ly Dynasty (11th-12th centuries).
It is also called the Church of St. Giuse (Saint Joseph), because the Pope Innocentinus XI canonized St. Joseph. Therefore, the largest cathedral in Hanoi was canonized as “St. Joseph Cathedral,” opened at Christmas 1887, after two years of construction in the same architecture with the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. This is the place of the Catholic solemnities and the procession of St. Joseph of the Hanoi Diocese on March 19 each year.
Ham Long Church
This is a church of the Roman Catholic Church, of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, Vietnam. This is the place for the religious life of Hanoi parishioners and the major church of Ham Long parish.
The work was designed by a Vietnamese architect. The 17m high church was completed in December 1934. The columns and altars are decorated with rope motifs like those on the tunic of the Francis order. The church’s patron saint is St. Anthony of Padua.
Ham Long Church that faces Ham Long and Ngo Thi Nham streets is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Hanoi.
Cua Bac Cathedral
Cua Bac Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in Hanoi, is located at No. 56 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ba Dinh District. It is built at the northern gate (Cua Bac) of the Thang Long citadel so it is named Cua Bac Church. It was built in 1931-1932 (some documents said that it was built in 1927 under the French rule) by a French priest cum architect, combining the Asian – European style. It does not follow the rules of symmetry, with a high bell tower on the right and in balance with the central dome.
The Cua Bac Cathedral is not only a religious address but also an architectural work with many unique features.
Thinh Liet Church
It is also known as the Lang Tam or Thinh Liet Church. The church’s name is related to the Bui Family in Thinh Liet Village. This is a famous family that contributed many important figures for the Vietnamese dynasties from the early 15th century to the early 20th century, as well as many famous writers for Vietnam during the five centuries. King Le Hien Tong granted this family with a horizontal lacquered board with four letters “Son Nam Vong Toc” (A big family in Son Nam).
The church was built on the ground of the family temple of the Bui family.
Phung Khoang Church
The church is located in the village of Phung Khoang in Trung Van commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi, close to Hanoi – Ha Dong road, about 10 km from the Sword Lake.
The space here is typical for a peaceful rural Vietnam. The church was built in 1910, in French neoclassical architecture.