Photographer's Note

Phat Diem cathedral in Ninh Binh was built between 1875 and 1899. It is also the centre of the Catholicism of the North. It uniqueness is that it contains so much of the ancient Vietnamese architectural elements which makes it look more like a Buddist pagoda instead of a church. This building is actually not the church but the church's bell tower. The little tomb in front hold the body of father Sau, the priest who rallied the population to built the church complex.

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