Catholicism: Cua Bac Church

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Cua Bac Church
Cua Bac Church

Cua Bac Church is aA�Roman CatholicA�church inA�Hanoi,A�Vietnam. Originally named as Church of Martyrs, the church was built in 1932 by theA�FrenchA�administration ofA�IndochinaA�as a part of the Hanoi’sA�urban plansupervised byA�Ernest HA�brard. Today, Cua Bac Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together withA�Ham Long ChurchA�andA�Saint Joseph Cathedral. In November, 2006, the Cua Bac Catholic Church became the venue of joint worship service of the Vietnamese Catholics and Protestants with participation of theA�United StatesA�PresidentA�George W. Bush, who was on an official visit to Vietnam.

Cua Bac Church
Cua Bac Church

History

In the early 1930s, the French architectA�Ernest HA�brardA�began his urban plan to redesign the city of Hanoi, as a part of this plan, a new Roman Catholic church named Church of Martyrs was built in front of the Northern GateA� of the ancienA�Hanoi CitadelA�in 1932. Because of its location, the church was more commonly known as Cua Bac Church. Ernest HA�brard designed Cua Bac Church inA�eclecticA�style with strong influence ofA�Art DecoA�decoration, he also integrated in the Catholic Church some elements of the traditional architecture in Vietnam such as the system ofA�roof tilesA�and the harmony between the main architecture with its surrounding green space. For that reason, Cua Bac Church is considered a fine example for the mixed style between European and Vietnamese architectures.

Today, Cua Bac Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together withA�Ham Long ChurchA�andA�Saint Joseph Cathedral. In November 2006, Cua Bac Church was chosen the venue of a joint congregation of the Vietnamese Catholics and Protestants with participation of theA�United StatesA�PresidentA�George W. Bush, who was on an official visit to Vietnam. After the service, the President remarked: “Laura and I just had a moment to converse with God in a church here in Hanoi. We were touched by the simplicity and the beauty of the moment. We appreciate very much the congregation for allowing us to come and worship with them.