Cock Church in Dalat with official name is Dalat Cathedral
When visitors arrive Dalat city, the first thing makes them feel impressive is the bell tower of the Cathedral which local people has called it “Cock church”. It is because there is a man – made cock stuck on the top of the tower. It is the biggest church in Dalat city which was designed and built by Frenchman.
Historical records of Cock church
Priest Robert together with Dr. Alexandre Yersin discovered Dalat city in 1893. Until 1917, priest Nicolas Couveur came to Dalat with his purpose to found a resting place for priests. Then, he decided to build a convalescence block which is a part of the Cathedral now. At the end of April 1920, Bishop Quinton made a decision to found Dalat Bishopric.
It is Vietnam’s Central Highlands most interesting and well – known Christian centre. The Cathedral was begun construction on July 19, 1931. Bishop Colomban Dreyer was the one who laid the first stone for the construction. The Cathedral was designed in the style of the Roman Church in Europe. It had being built for 11 years. It was originally built for use by French colonial residents and holiday-makers alike. The Cathedral was funded by donations gathered by Father Nicolas, the Catholic priest of Dalat. The Church itself is rarely open outside of mass times.
Overview of Cathedral
It has 65m in lengh, 14m in width, 47m in height. From the church, we can see Xuan Huong lake, the city center and Langbiang muontain in the far distance.
The Cathedral has 3 sections: one big room in the middle and 2 smaller ones in two sides.
It has a very high tower. Its windows have arch shape. Its roof is covered by tiles. Its walls are built by rocks with 30 – 40 thick. These inside walls are decorated with some 1m x 0.8m statues and outside walls are painted with pink.
With the beautiful location, the church is also o famous place for tourists coming to take photo, especially in Christmas time. The bell tower is also a landmark for tourists to find where the city center is.