Sapa Stone Church is one of Vietnam’s most intact ancient French architectural works that is located right in the little town of Sapa, Lao Cai province, Vietnam.
The Sapa stone church along with two other French architectural works including Chu Cau Villa and the District Commissioner area create a harmonious architectural triangle. Sapa Catholic Church has become one of must-see places in Sapa Vietnam.
Situated in the area of 6,000m², cross-shaped Sapa Stone Church is built in 1895 according to Roman Gothic architecture. The stones of the church are connected by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. The colored glass windows depict the life of Jesus.
The campus of the church includes many areas, such as the church area, the parish house, the angel house, the holy garden and some other auxiliary areas. Of which, 500m² church consists of 7 compartments with the 20m-high bell tower. In the tower, there is a bell cast in 1932 with the height of 1.5m and the weight of 500kg. The five-compartment parish house is in parallel to the church. The angel house includes a basement and three floors. The holy garden has 5 hundred-year-old machilus bonii lecomte trees, four of which grow on rocks.
There is a spacious courtyard in the front of the Sapa catholic church where the locals gather to exchange, trade goods. At Christmas, most parishioners gather in the Sapa French church to celebrate, pray, and sing. The space of the church becomes sparklingly, fancifully, and attractively.
After some renovations, now the church of Sapa keeps intact the charm and uniqueness, attracting the attention of a lot of visitors.