The Stone Church of Sapa
The Stone Church of Sapa

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The Stone Church of Sapa, located in the heart of Sapa town, Lao Cai province, Vietnam, is not just a religious site but also an outstanding cultural and historical icon of the region. Built in the 1930s by the French, this church not only captivates tourists with its unique architecture but also serves as a venue for various important community and cultural events.

Exploring the Architectural Beauty of the Stone Church of Sapa

Unique Architecture

The Stone Church of Sapa is constructed in the Gothic architectural style influenced by the French. The intricately carved gray stone walls and colorful stained glass windows create a sacred and serene space. Especially in the evening when the church is illuminated, it becomes a dazzling work of art in the heart of Sapa town.

Center for Cultural Events

The Stone Church is not only a place for religious ceremonies but also a focal point for cultural and community activities. Every week, the square in front of the church turns into the venue for the Sapa Love Market, where ethnic minorities gather for socializing and exchanging.

Tips for Visiting the Stone Church of Sapa

  • Maintain silence and respect the religious space when inside the church.

  • In some areas, photography may be restricted.

  • Participate in local tours to gain a deeper understanding of the history and significance of the church in the Sapa community.

  • The Stone Church of Sapa is conveniently located in the town center, allowing easy combination with visits to other tourist spots such as Sapa Market and Ham Rong Mountain.

The Stone Church of Sapa is not just an ideal stop for those interested in learning about the history and culture of Sapa but also a place to enjoy a peaceful and solemn atmosphere. Its impressive architecture, central location, and vital role in the community's cultural life make the Stone Church a must-visit symbol when exploring this misty town.

Visiting the Stone Church of Sapa, you not only witness the beauty of its architecture but also feel the profound historical imprint of this place.

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沙壩教堂是法國人始建於1903年,整座教堂採用石頭當作建材,顯得格外古樸及耐人尋味。 遇到穿著鮮豔原民衣著,背著竹簍而過的婦人,彷彿是走在另一個朝代的時光中。
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Được mệnh danh là thành phố trong sương, nơi đây là điểm đến được thiên nhiên vô cùng ưu ái ban tặng những cảnh sắc và tiết trời độc đáo, đẹp đến ngỡ ngàng. Bên cạnh những thắng cảnh thiên nhiên thì chương trình còn có những địa điểm du lịch đầy thú vị. Trong số những địa điểm đó, chắc chắn không thể không nhắc tới nhà thờ đá Sapa, nơi sinh hoạt tôn giáo chủ yếu của các giáo dân nơi đây và cũng là một biểu tượng hình ảnh của mảnh đất du lịch này.
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Sapa holds a significant piece of France’s colonial history from 1893 to 1954, during which the Stone Church, an enduring remnant of that era, stands tall. Among the few surviving structures are the Stone Church, Hoang Lien Hotel, and the Sapa Tourism Information Centre. Nestled at 1,500 meters above sea level and over 300 km from Hanoi, Sapa remained secluded and underdeveloped during French colonial rule, resulting in the absence of European architectural influences. Initially used sparingly for religious worship, this church began services in 1935, paused during the Japanese occupation (1940-1945), and resumed until 1954. After a period of disuse, restoration efforts began in 1995, softening strict regulations and revitalizing the church for worship. Inside, the church's interior is a vibrant contrast to its rugged exterior. White, yellow, and brown tones from varnished wood dominate the space. 32 stained glass windows, depicting biblical scenes, adorn the walls. Among regional churches, Sapa's Stone Church stands out, offering a unique experience. What's fascinating is the congregation, primarily from the local minority ethnic groups, notably the Hmong. Situated in Sapa's main square, this church hosts diverse events, including the renowned Saturday night Love Markets. Once a tradition for hill tribes to find partners from different villages, the Love Markets symbolize a bygone era. Though the practice has dwindled, visitors can still witness performances that once played a role in uniting young individuals from various communities. The Stone Church, an emblem of Sapa's history, not only represents architectural heritage but also stands as a testimony to cultural traditions that have evolved over time. Notre Dame Cathedral Hàm Rồng, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai 333100, Vietnam https://maps.app.goo.gl/M278LhJRB5RYSrRb7 ⏰ 6:00am - 9:00pm https://nha-tho-da-sapa.business.site #EldrickKoh #travel #holiday #SAPA #Vietnam #NotreDameCathedral #hanoi
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khuôn viên rộng rãi
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Nơi hội tụ linh khí đất trời sapa. Nên thử một lần, buổi tối rất đẹp vì có mây mù với khí hậu trong lành
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Chỉ có từ quá đẹp để tả nhà thờ
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Kỷ niệm Sapa 25/12/2023 - 28/12/2023
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เก่าแก่ สวยงาม
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Nhà thờ bằng đá
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Nhà thờ đá ban đêm mở đèn đẹp, nhất là lúc có sương mù.
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Nhà thờ đẹp, kiến trúc rất độc đáo
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nhà thờ cổ ở Sa Pa
Điểm phải đến ở Sa Pa
đẹp nhưng các bạn k nên di vào tháng 12 vừa lạnh vừa mưa.
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Stunning looking church in the mist.
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Nhà thờ cổ, có kiến trúc đẹp, tọa lạc ngay trung tâm Sapa
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Đẹp thật sự
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Đông đúc lắm, nhưng đẹp
Đẹp quá
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Không khí noel đông vui trời mù lạnh đẹp huyền ảo
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Cảnh đêm mùa đông đẹp thật
ช่วงเย็นเราออกมาเดินเล่นในเมืองกัน หมอกปกคลุมทั่วบริเวณ เราเดินมาเรื่อยๆจนถึงลานประจำเมือง จุดนี้ยังเป็นที่ตั้งของโบสถ์เล็กๆ ชื่อ ‘Notre Dame Cathedral’ ภายในสวยงามมาก ให้ความรู้สึกเงียบสงบขึ้นมาเลยค่ะ (Translated by Google) In the evening, we went out for a walk around the city. Fog covered the whole area. We kept walking until we reached the town square. This point is also home to a small church named 'Notre Dame Cathedral'. The interior is very beautiful. Gives a feeling of calm.
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ตอนกลางคืนสวยมากค่า
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Rất đẹp và cổ kính!
Đẹp xếp hàng chờ chụp ảnh kk
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Rất thích.
Tọa lạc ngay trung tâm thị trấn Sapa, nhà thờ Đá Sapa được xây dựng từ năm 1895 được coi là một dấu ấn kiến trúc cổ toàn vẹn nhất của người Pháp còn sót lại.
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My first time experience might be a little different with other that see this place in afternoon or night time and filled with tourist or sellers. I arrived in Sa Pa early in the morning (4.30 AM) using sleeper bus service and the fog was so thick when we stroll around the city to find available accommodation. The church area is deserted, so quiet, with its gothic style, white stone built and surrounded by smoke of cold fog. I have to say it gave me awesome horror movie vibes..i like it! The ambience feels calming and grounding..i don't know how to explain it,but its a nice feeling of being welcomed..
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เดินเลยโบสต์ไปนิดจะมีบันได ทางลงไปถนน walking street ที่จะมีร้านค้าเปิดเต็มไปหมดตามตัวตึก และยังเดินไปร้าน หญิงลี หรือ Lee Lee sport wear ได้อีกด้วย
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Nhà thờ đá cổ từ năm 1935 nằm giữa trung tâm thị trấn Sapa. Kiến trúc cổ Gotic la mã
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Very pretty
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Nhà thờ đẹp

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