Sapa Church

The ancient church is known as stone church or the Holy Rosary church which is located in the heart of Sapa town built by the French from the early 20th century.

Sapa Church

Sapa Church

The church has been renovating and preserving the image as it is indispensable in the context of the town of Sa Pa

Currently the buildings, ancient villa in Sa Pa is not much. The imprint of the French architecture remains the most perfect stone church that Sa Pa (Sapa Church)

The church building early 20th century. Before placing the first brick foundation for this work, the French architect has carefully chosen location to build.

Sa Pa Church is located on a prime location next to the Ham Rong Mountain is a shield, the front is broad, flat, may develop more cultural facilities for social activities. In particular, the church in the center of the town of Sa Pa, standing at the four sides can be observed relic, along with two other buildings built by the French villa owner Bridge (now Hoang Lien Hotel is) and the former District Commissioner (now the headquarters of the Center for Lao Cai Tourist Information) form an isosceles triangles with distinct architectural style of France (Sapa Church)

Choosing the direction of the church is an important spiritual meaning for Catholics: First monuments turn to the east, the direction of sunrise, the light source direction welcoming God. End church (the bell tower) is West, birthplace of Christ.

The shape and architecture of the church was built under the cross by Roman gothic architecture. Architecture that is reflected in the roof, bell tower, dome book … are created for the project pyramidal fly gentle strokes. The whole church was built of hewn stone (walls, floors, bell tower, church yard, embankments around) are linked together by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. Cross section of the wing wall on the right was created flows down rough like stone adds natural beauty to the monument. Roof tiles, lime straw ceiling (now refresh). Especially the ceiling in the bell tower (near the bell) is a mixture of lime, straw, iron, has not touched them since (Sapa Church)

With a total area of ​​the church compound than 6,000 m2, Sa Pa church has space for the layout of the area include: The church, rows of the rectory, the priest’s house, animal house, house angel , the front yard, fences, garden into. Made hut built alongside the church, including five times: Gian close to the bell tower of the priest as guest rooms, the sanctuary is near the office of Bishop, three between the living room.
The angels include a basement, three floors above the space where cure the sick, who travel through the night, to identify areas, toilets, kitchens …; garden into two graves, 5 plants Khao Gold on hundreds, including four plants growing on rocks.

Area churches are seven times wider than 500 m2, the 20 m high bell tower, the tower is 1.5 m high bell, cast in 1932 weighing 500 kg, resonate within a radius of nearly 1 km. We, on the surface of the bell was clearly stated ballooning, raising money … The bell ringing wooden racks Pomu remain after restoration (Sapa Church).

The whole church was built by stone (walls, floors, bell towers …) that are linked by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. With total area over 6000m2, Sapa church has enough rooms for the arrangement of the area.

The church of Sapa is always a place where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa.

Additionally, because the structure was designed early, the church of Sapa experienced many events of history. Since its establishment, the church always has priests in order to offer parishioners. However, many years later, due to the presence of Japanese troops, the activities of the Church have stalled. In later years, the war makes almost activities to suspend. After that, the church became the repository of rice.

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