Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

Coming to the city known as the mountain and forest lady of Kon Tum, from afar visitors will see a wooden church bell tower with a warm brown color towering up against the blue sky. As the most ancient and beautiful relic in Kon Tum, the Cathedral is always marked on the travel map of many tourists when coming to this young and dynamic highland city.

The Cathedral is affectionately called the wooden church by the people here because this unique project is built entirely of wood, designed with classic Roman architecture combined with traditional stilt house architecture. Ba Na village here. Construction was started by a French priest in 1913 and completed in early 1918 and put into use until now. Today, the project has become a symbol of the Central Highlands, the pride of the people of Kon Tum city and always has a strong attraction for tourists coming to the vast highlands.

Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

The wooden church is 100 years old

The building is made entirely of a typical type of wood here, which is redwood, and the walls are made of soil mixed with straw, without using reinforced concrete or even lime mortar for painting and plastering. The church’s facade is divided into four 24-meter-high floors, including four main columns and two auxiliary columns connected together into arcs that lift the entire church block with gradually smaller sizes as it goes up. Halfway up the tower are four doorways. The circular stained glass window with many concentrically curved wooden slats is arranged perfectly, giving the window the appearance of an eye in the front of the church. At the top of the tower is a towering precious wooden cross, demonstrating the majesty and eternity of the cathedral.

Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

The entire church frame is made of wood without reinforced concrete

The church’s frame consists of four rows of 12-meter-high wooden columns running from the facade to the sacristy, two large rows of middle columns creating a wide, high and airy main space. The two outer rows of columns located close to the wall are two additional rooms with lower ceilings, all four rows of pillars are on solid stone bases that can withstand the test of time, supporting the weight of the cathedral.

Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

Inside the church are rows of small columns linked together in the form of a dome, opening up a large and airy space with an overwhelming feeling.

Inside the church, there are many small rows of columns linked together by wooden arcs, forming an arch that supports the windows above, as if embracing those who enter the heart of the church. Inside the cathedral, there are many stained glass windows depicting biblical scriptures. These windows not only let in natural sunlight but also create a magnificent splendor for the cathedral.

Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

The entire scene inside the church

Although the system of wooden columns and rafters in the church is not meticulously or elaborately carved, the patterns with strong, liberal lines express the temperament of the indigenous people of the Central Highlands.

Come to Kon Tum to explore the 100-year-old wooden church

With an area of ​​up to 700 square meters, the wooden church is a closed “grand project” including: a synagogue, a guest house, a display house for ethnic and religious products, and a communal house. There are also orphanages, sewing and brocade weaving facilities… of ethnic minorities.

After nearly a century of exposure to the sun and wind of the Central Highlands, the church is still standing strong over time and is a famous tourist attraction of Kon Tum city. Visitors can visit Kon Tum wooden church at any time of the year. If you come during the bean flower blooming season, on the way to the church you will see the pink and white colors of the flower streets, adding to the splendor of Kon Tum’s beauty.

Nguyen Vy t/h