Sights & Attractions
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Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral
Category : Other religious & spiritural sites, Churches
Attraction Details :
The cathedral is located at 7, Tambon Bang Nokkwaek. It is a holy place which the local Christians revere. It was built in 1890 by Father Paolo Sulmon, a French missionary financially supported by his relatives in France, International missions of Paris and Rome as well as the faithful Christians living in Bangkok. The cathedral took 6 year to complete the construction and was formally inaugurated on 11 February 1896. The building is designed in French Gothic, plastered with pounded cement. It is interiorly decorated with mosaic paintings from France as the founder desired it to be a cathedral of the Virgin Mary whom the Christians consider as the mother of nativity; accordingly, the murals is painted and depicts the story of Virgin Mary according to the Bible. Moreover, the paintings and statues of male and female saints, pulpits, baptismal font, many kinds of candlesticks and carvings describing history of the Bible are also displayed there. This cathedral is considered exceptionally beautiful and not far from the river. Its beauty can be admired in many ways such as sitting on a river bank in order to feel the breeze or sitting on the other side of the river.
With its long history aging more than hundred years and its sumptuous interior and exterior decoration, the cathedral is counted as one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Thailand. Paying a visit needs permission from the responsible priest. To contact an instructor, please call 0 3476 034. Please remind that Mondays and Tuesdays are not for visits as important rituals are held and please wear formally.
To get there, you can drive about 5 kilometers along the road Samutsongkroam-Bang Nokkwaek (the same route as the King Rama 2 Memorial Park), the cathedral is 100 meters off the Somdejpra Ammarin Intersection.
How to get there :
Follow the Samut Songkhram – Bang Nok Khwaek route (the same way to King Rama II Memorial Park) for around 5 km. The church is around 100 m from the Somdet Phra Ammarin Bridge Junction