If you visit Phú Yên, you should not miss Mằng Lăng, a French-built cathedral dubbed a “precious gem” of the central province.
The Roman Catholic church is 35 kilometers north of the capital city Tuy Hòa.
It is one of the oldest churches in Vietnam.
The church was built in gothic style in 1892 by French missionary Joseph Lacassagne.
Despite its age, the church looks like it was not affected at all by time.
Mằng Lăng is one of the oldest churches in Việt Nam
Built on an area of 5,000 square meters, the ancient church in grayish color, surrounded by green gardens, looks magnificent against the blue sky background.
Inside it features colorful stained glass windows, wood-paneled ceilings and ancient lanterns.
The first book to be printed in the modern Vietnamese script (a catechism) is housed inside the church.
The book entitled Cathechismus in octo dies (Catechism of the week) was written by Alexandre de Rhodes, a French Jesuit missionary and lexicographer, who is believed to have played an important role in the creation of Việt Nam’s modern Latin script.
He wrote it here and printed it in 1651.
Mằng Lăng Church
The gate of the church is built from rocks
Statues at the gate
An artificial hill in the church’s campus where the book written by Alexandre de Rhodes is preserved
Architectural patterns on the church
Green trees in the church’s campus
Patterns on a wooden door of the church
The greyish color of the church
An wooden door of the church
Inside the church
A view of the church
Bamboo wind charms
Source: Thanh Niên News