St. Nicholas Cathedral (Rooster Church) – a must-visit destination in Da Lat tour
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Situated on Lang Biang Highlands – an important part of the Central Highlands Region of Vietnam, Da Lat city is a famous capital of Lam Dong Province. It is estimated that Da Lat is about 1,500 meters above sea level. It is also home to about a third of a million people. Surrounded by a vast forest of thousands of pine trees, Da Lat possesses its own unique weather system that makes it one of the most popular attractions in Vietnam. Additionally, the valleys which lie around the city are usually covered by mist, giving the place the name of ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Da Lat itself becomes a unique area of Vietnam that looks like a wonderful combination between a small city of Vietnam and a town of the French Alps. Many years ago, Da Lat was considered as the prime retreat for the French army and the wealthy people from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City now) during the French colonization in Vietnam. That is the reason why a lot of houses, there are hotels and many other constructions erected with the French architecture as must-see destinations in Dalat. In particular, Da Lat also features dozens of wonderful churches which attract hundreds of tourists every year. One of the most amazing churches in Da Lat tour is certainly the Saint Nicholas Cathedral or Rooster Church that is considered as the popular place of Catholic worship in the Central Highlands. So what are the things that make this site so special? Let’s follow this article and figure it out.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
The overview of St. Nicholas Cathedral
Da Lat Cathedral has the Vietnamese official name of ‘Nhà Thờ Chính Toà Đà Lạt’. However, the people living there have called it the Rooster Church or “Nhà thờ Con Gà” in Vietnamese since a copper rooster is placed on the top of the building’s bell tower. The rooster is not only one of the French symbols but also means the repentance. In addition, tourists may tell the wind’s direction based on the rooster’s rotating with the wind. The cathedral was constructed between 1931 and 1932, but inside the building was completed in 1942 with the money sponsored by the Catholic pastors in Da Lat. It was built with the aim of replacing an old one which was erected in 1917 – one of the most ancient constructions in the city, the parish church.
The beauty of the cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral measures the length of 65 meters and the width of 14 meters. The bell tower where the metal rooster is easily visible from distance is 48 meters high. While entering the entrance of the cathedral, you will see a statue of Virgin Mary which faces the Lang Biang Mount. The interior has 3 different parts: a nave and 2 aisles. Moreover, 70 stained glass windows used to decorate the walls were CB transferred directly from France. Made of masonry, the walls were built with the thickness of 4 centimeters. When you pay a visit to the cathedral, you will certainly be amazed by its classic harmony of the nature of Da Lat and The Romanesque architecture. St. Nicholas which receives a lot of positive Dalat travel reviews is an ideal place for your Dalat family tour. At the moment, St. Nicholas Cathedral can serve more than 4000 parishioners. Every Sunday at 9 a.m. the pastors give sermons in English and other services in many other languages. There is usually none of the available seats for people who come late. Moreover, the cathedral organizes 5 masses with hundreds of worshipers congregating inside. Especially, at Christmas, thousands of people visit this site to celebrate. St. Nicholas Cathedral attracts a great number of both domestic and international tourists visiting every day. The valuable and historical architecture construction is exactly what you should not miss out when enjoying your journey to this beautiful city.
Inside the cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral is such an amazing place that both locals and foreigners like to pay a visit again. You may find the cathedral on Tran Phu Street, Ward 4, Da Lat City. It is possible for you to get there by bus, car, motorbike, or even bikes. Now, why don’t you prepare your luggage with your family and friend and get ready to get wonderful days in your Da Lat tour?