Nha Trang Stone Church was built in 1928 and completed in 1933 on a 12-meter-high hill in the city center. The church has a length of 36 meters and a width of 20 meters with the main material of solid granite to build, so it is called a stone church.
Actually, this church has the official name of Christ the King Cathedral (Nha Tho Chanh Toa Kito Vua). Besides, the locals call it different names, such as Nha Trang Church because the main one is in this city, the Mountain Church because it was built on Hoang Lan mountain, and Nga Sau Church because it is located at the 6-road junction of the city center.
Stone Church in Nha Trang City
Located at the intersection of 6 main roads, including Nguyen Trai, Le Thanh Ton, Ly Tu Trong, Ly Thanh Ton, Le Hanh Phuong, and Thai Nguyen. In fact, there is another new road, Nui Mot Road, so there are 7 branches here. But locals are still used to calling the Nga Sau intersection. Therefore, when asking for directions, you should only mention the Nga Sau intersection for easy understanding.
- Church address: 01 Thai Nguyen Street, Phuoc Tan Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours to visit:
- Weekdays: 5:30 am – 17:00
- Sunday: 5-7 am, 11 am – 16:30
- The Mass time:
- Weekdays: 4:45 am, 17:00
- Sunday: 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 9:30 am, 15:00 pm; 16:30; 18:30
- Crowded time:
- Mon – Sat: 8:00 am – 10:00 am, 15:00 – 17:00
- Sun: 7:00 am – 11:00 am, 15:00 – 18:00
- Visiting duration: 30-40 minutes (Only taking pictures, no ceremony)
- Entrance fees: No tickets. However, there is a donation box in the aisle near the parking lot. You should prepare 10,000VND to donate here to avoid unnecessary trouble before entering the church area.
1. Main reasons to visit this place
There are plenty of reasons for the locals and tourists to come to this church. Here, Vietnamdrive lists a few popular points.
1.1. Being a place to pray for a peaceful life
Like other religious places in Nha Trang, such as Po Nagar Tower or Long Son Pagoda, the Stone Church has become a place of worship and daily prayer for the local Catholics.
1.2. Discovering the beauty of the ancient church architecture
Built in the classical style of most Catholic churches, Nha Trang church contributes to maintaining the architectural beauty in the style of the Congregational Church, which also contributes to this coastal city’s charm.
1.3. Being a beautiful destination for young people to take pictures
The church area becomes a great background for young people to keep beautiful pictures, and share with friends on Instagram or Facebook. You can sometimes see couples take wedding photos, to catch their youthful and energetic days before marriage.
2. Notes when visiting the church
The best time to visit the church falls in the late afternoon when the sunlight has softened. Then the right light gives you beautiful shimmering pictures. If noon is too sunny, you will feel dazzled and tired.
You can only enter the Cathedral when it is not time for Mass. However, the opening and closing times of the Cathedral may vary from the announced times, depending on various factors. Therefore, sometimes you can only visit the outside of this church.
There have been a few cases of disappointment when being instructed to contribute to the donation box in the aisle near the parking lot to go to the church. To avoid small things affecting your visit, please prepare a small amount of about 10 thousand VND per person to donate here.
Dress neatly when visiting to show respect for a dignified religious place. Pants below the knee, a shirt with sleeves or prepare a thin jacket.
In the church area, there is no noise. In particular, keep quiet inside the sanctuary. Standing to take pictures in the cathedral should pay attention to its solemnity.
3. Frequently asked questions
3.1. Who founded the Stone Church?
French priest Louis Vallet, born in 1869 and died in 1945, is considered a great contributor to the construction of Nha Trang Stone Church. He was also a contributor to the development of Catholicism in this coastal city. When the priest died, to pay respects and remember his merits, he was buried with a grave at the foot of the mountain, to the right of the path to the church.
3.2. How many meters high is the church?
From the road surface to the highest point of the church, the cross, is 38 meters. In which, Hoang Lan hill gets 12 meter high, and the rest is the church structure. Thanks to the ideal height, standing almost anywhere in Nha Trang city, you can easily see this building.
3.3. What is special about the bell tower of Nha Trang church?
The special feature of the bell tower is on four sides with 4 big clocks attached. People around this church can see the time when looking up at the top of the bell tower.