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Phat Diem Cathedral

This is Phat Diem Cathedral, built in the late 1800s in Vietnam. The cathedral complex also includes a number of freestanding chapels.

Here’s a one-minute video of a stroll around one of the complex’s courtyards:

Here’s Lonely Planet’s description.

Here’s Wikipedia’s page.

Here’s Flickr.

And Google Image Search.

And here’s a Sino-Vietnamese bas relief of an incense-scattering angel, crowned like a Deva King, with Genesis 28:17 carved overhead in Latin. Pretty Catholic, no?

Though for what it’s worth, my father, whose judgment I am inclined to trust in this matter, considers the Vietnamese priest who masterminded this cathedral complex — Fr Tran Luc aka ‘Pere Six’ — to have been a pro-French traitor. (Fr Tran Luc’s name comes up in this Vietnam Studies Group email thread on Vietnam-Vatican relations, which provides a few more facts and a lot more opinions.) If that’s so, then Phat Diem is a field of wheat and tares. But what excellent wheat.

Comments

  1. Jonathan Webb says:

    Lovely. Thanks.

  2. Matthew Lickona says:

    Oh wow. Love is terrible as an army with banners.

  3. Gorgeous! As you say, terrible in a good way.

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