The name “Phat Diem” of the complex near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is understood as emitting beauty. But there is not only a beautiful name but also the uniqueness in the construction materials and architecture of the monument. Construction material is the factor that makes the difference between Phat Diem Stone Church and other churches in the country. With the majority of materials from stone (blue stone, jade stone) and wood … combined with manual construction methods, a unique relic complex is present on the land of Kim Son.
According to the introduction
According to the introduction of the guide to visit the monument, the stone used to build this church is a special stone, also known as yin-yang stone, which is very beneficial to health. Being a Vietnamese, but having early access to Western Catholic culture, Mr. Sau personally designed a unique architecture to build the largest stone church complex in the country. It is a harmonious combination of Eastern temple architecture with Gothic architecture of the West. Overall, we will see a modern Catholic church complex near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, but with the typical architecture of Vietnamese temples and pagodas. The most special thing at Phat Diem Stone Church that makes it hard for visitors to forget is probably the quintessence of art and patterns present everywhere.
Lasting 34 years of construction and completely handmade, a unique work of art was formed under the talented hands of artisans. Patterns are carved directly on the original stone blocks without cutting. The image of Jesus Christ, the cross, the bunch of rosary flowers or the image of the gods … … combined with the image of a lotus flower, Chinese characters, the four spirits “Long Ly- Quy Phung” or the four quarters “Tung-Cuc” -Truc-Mai”… is carved on columns, trusses, porches, arches. A particularly prominent feature in this architectural complex is the church “The Heart of Mary is made entirely of stone”. The breakthrough in architecture has given Ninh Binh a strangely beautiful architectural complex near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit.
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