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Cua Bac Church, Hanoi

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Cua Bac Church is a Roman Catholic church in Hanoi, Vietnam. Originally named as Church of Martyrs, the church was built in 1932 by the French administration of Indochina as a part of the Hanoi's urban plan supervised by Ernest Hébrard. Today, Cua Bac Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together with Ham Long Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral. In November, 2006, the Cua Bac Catholic Church became the venue of joint worship service of the Vietnamese Catholics and Protestants with participation of the United States President George W. Bush, who was on an official visit to Vietnam.
In the early 1930s, the French architect Ernest Hébrard began his urban plan to redesign the city of Hanoi, as a part of this plan, a new Roman Catholic church named Church of Martyrs was built in front of the Northern Gate (Cửa Bắc) of the ancien Hanoi Citadel in 1932. Because of its location, the church was more commonly known as Cua Bac Church. Ernest Hébrard designed Cua Bac Church in eclectic style with strong influence of Art Deco decoration, he also integrated in the Catholic Church some elements of the traditional architecture in Vietnam such as the system of roof tiles and the harmony between the main architecture with its surrounding green space. For that reason, Cua Bac Church is considered a fine example for the mixed style between European and Vietnamese architectures.
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  • It is a nice old church and I only happened on it because I had intended to go to the 11:30 AM mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral which is in French. Having an earlier mass and being in English made this....  more »
  • I believe this church has been renovated not long ago. I was there on a Sunday and the church was open to visit. Very good stained glass windows. Across the road is gthe North Gate of the citadel...  more »

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