The two churches of the Nam Phuong family queen

HO CHI MINH CITY – The Church of Huyen Si and Hanh Thong Tay is built by the grandfather and uncle of Nam Phuong Hoang Hau, inside there are the graves of two people.

Huyen Sy Church (District 1), built by Mr. Le Phat Dat (1841-1900), built in 1902. He is the grandfather Nam Phuong Queen, commonly known as Huyen Sy, one of the richest four. Nam Ky at that time.

The church was built in Gothic architecture. On the roof is the main bell tower 57 m high, inside the tower there are four bells cast in France in 1905.

Materials used are mainly Bien Hoa marble, to cladding the facade and main electric columns. The outside of the church is painted light pink, on each roof is the image of a cross.

Inside the cathedral has an area of ​​more than 700 m2, including four rooms built in a bearing arch structure. The interior wall has many arched windows with pointed peaks, marble columns typical of Gothic architecture.

In the center of the church is the sanctuary, decorated with an outstretched statue of God, the place where Catholic rituals are performed.

Each window is decorated with stained glass, a picture commonly seen in churches. These colorful glasses were purchased from Italy. Each glass layer shows images of God, stories in the Bible …

The left space behind the basilica is where the grave of Mr. Huyen Si and his wife is located. In 1920, after his wife, Mrs. Huynh Thi Tai, died, people took the two grandparents to bury in this position.

Mr. Huyen Sy’s grave is made of marble. On the grave is a statue of his body resting his head on two pillows, I wear a brocade dress, my head is covered with a scarf, my hands are intertwined in front of my chest. In the tomb there is also the bust of his wife and children.

12 km from Huyen Si Church, Hanh Thong Tay Church (Go Vap district) was donated by Denis Le Phat An and built in 1921. He is the son of Mr. Le Phat Dat, the biological uncle of Queen Nam Phuong.

The church was built in three years, constructed by a French contractor. The contractor chose the Byzantine style design, modeled after the Basilica of Vitale in the Italian city of Ravenna.

The main dome of the church is 30 meters high, with a simple design, the top of the roofs are crosses. The choice of Byzantine architecture makes Hanh Thong Tay Church different from the majority of ancient churches in Vietnam – often with Gothic or Roman architectural style.

Inside the cathedral has an area of ​​more than 500 m2, is lavishly decorated to create dignity and rich in artistic value. The dome-shaped dome is made of fine-grained reliefs. The wall panels are decorated with unique Mosaic stone mosaics.

The dome-shaped dome is made of fine-grained reliefs. The main picture in the unique Mosaic stone cathedral, depicting the scene of Lord Giesu on the cross.

In the church, there is the grave of Mr. and Mrs. Le Phat An lying opposite each other. Both tombs have marble and marble statues in Renaissance style.

To the right of the sanctuary is a statue depicting Mr. An’s wife in an ao dai, kneeling, clasping her hands as if praying and talking to her husband. On the left is a statue of him in the same posture as he confided in his wife.

Outside the church has a spacious campus, many trees. Each corner is decorated with statues of gods and martyrs of Vietnam. Follow vnexpress