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Located in the heart of the town of Sapa, Sapa Stone church built in 1895 is considered an ancient architectural imprint integrity of the French left. Cathedral was embellished and preserved, become an indispensable image referring to the town of Sapa misty.
Cathedral had several names due to the habit of the people and tourists as ancient rock Sapa Church, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Church of stone, ... The church was built in the French colonial period, early 20th century . According to some records, the church has been selected with the facade facing east, ie towards the sunrise. Someone explained that it was the direction of God to welcome the light source. In the bell tower, which is the bottom of the poet, is turned toward the West, there is the meaning of Christ's birthplace. The church was built from hewn stone, Gothic architecture of Rome. The site links to each stone is a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. Cross section of the wing wall is designed textured to make people see sense as stalactites are flowing down, increases natural beauty. Previously, the roof is made of lime straw, has renewed and roofing tiles. The total area of the site has more than 6000m2 poet.
Sapa is the stone church imprint of French architecture left most integrity. This church is located in the center of the tourist town of Sapa. In front is a large stadium. Every day, the ethnic concentration in this crowded sale, barter.
This is where the 7th weekly call your praise melodious voice of the young couple in love markets is full of ethnic culture and breath northwestern mountains. Old cathedral, also known as ice or cathedral church of Our Lady of the Rosary is located in the heart of Sapa town, was built by the French from the early 20th century Before placing the first building stone for this project , the French architect carefully selected to build the terrain.
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is located on a prime location in the rear as Ham Rong Mountain shielding, the front is wide area, flat, can develop many cultural facilities catering for activists Assembly, standing at the four sides can be observed relics, along with two other structures built by the French as well as villa owners Bridge (now the Hoang Lien hotel) and the former District Commissioner (now the headquarters of the Tourist Information Centre Lao Cai) forming a symmetrical triangle with distinct architectural style of the French.
Selecting the direction of the church has an important spiritual significance for Catholics: First relics returned to the East, as the sun rises, direction lights welcome God. End church (bell tower area) is in the west, where the birth of Christ.
The shape and architecture of the Cathedral, built in the shape of the cross Gotic Roman architecture. Architecture is reflected in the roof, bell tower, arches ... are created for building pyramids soaring elegant strokes. The whole church is built of hewn stone (walls, floors, steeple, church yard, the surrounding embankments) are linked together by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. Part of the wall right wing cross was textured like stalactites flowing down augment natural beauty monuments. Tiled roofs, ceilings with lime straw (now reset). Especially in the steeple ceiling (near the bell) is a mixture of lime, straw, iron, not repaired before.
With a total area of church premises over 6000 m2, Sa Pa church has space for the placement of zones include: Park church, rectory Spirit, houses of priest, breeders, the angel , the front yard, the fence, the Sacred Garden. Townhouse building land alongside the church including 5 time zones.
Zone includes 7 large church over 500 m2, 20 m high bell tower section, in high bell tower 1.5 meters, molded in 1932, weighs 500 kg, resonates in almost 1km radius. Currently, on the surface of the bell-clear was the cast recording, some people donate money bell ... The bell wooden shelving Pomu remains after restoration.
Rosary Cathedral between downtown Sapa is the meeting point of many international traveler sapa every opportunity to come here. But through some restoration and renovation by the war and the destruction of nature fierce but the church retains the charm and soul of religious structures