Chicken Church is one of the most famous churches of Dalat City by unique and historical architectures.
Dalat Cathedral (officially name: the Cathedral of St. Nicholas Bari, also known as Chicken Church because of having a big chicken on the top of bell-tower) is a Catholic Church in Vietnam. It is also the largest church in Da Lat, one of the typical and the oldest architecture of the city by the French leave. The church is located on Tran Phu Street (near Novotel Hotel) in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.
The church was built from 1931 to 1942, has a 65 - meter - long and 14 - meter - wide and a 47 – meter tall. With that height, the church bell tower can be seen from many places of the city. The upper part of the wall has been installed 70 panes of stained glass carrying the mark of European Churches in Medival period.
Chicken Church is also known as Dalat Cathedral
Catheral interior is divided into three parts including one big part in the middle of the church and two small parts. The columns of interior have classic shape combined with spontaneous. Both the ground and facade are designed strictly with symmetrical classical style.
Inside the Chicken Church
The facade of catheral has bell tower.
These lines, details on the facade are adapted from origin of the European structure. Windows were built with arches, strong and definitive lines in vertical units and they were tiled with lithographs. Especially, the design rate are very harmonize.
On the cross, having a statue of a chicken made by light and empty alloy and inside a special copper chemical substance 0.66-meter- long and 0.58- meter-high has rotated around ball-bearing to define the wind direction. The chicken was the symbol of France and penance. According to the New Testament passage that Jesus gave Peter a dress-down (one of his twelve apostles): "Tonight the rooster crows , you will deny me three times ... "
Lightning rod has been used to support the chicken and cross shows four ways: East-West-South-North that was repaired and renewed several times. Chicken has rotated the wind direction on a very light silver round. Local people said that chicken is considered as a modern weather station. Therefore, chicken has turned any directions, the wind turned in that direction.
The image of the cross and chicken statue on top of church
The other images of the Cathedral Dalat:
At the marriage season, this is the ideal location for couples to save sacred and beautiful moments and beautiful in our important day.
At Christmas of every year, lots of people have come church to attend and visit. Besides, there are many smaller churches in Dalat such as Domaine de Marie Church (Our Lady Territory) and Cam Ly Church having its specific feature.
The couple saved their happy day at church.
Church Chicken is not only an interesting sight for domestic and foreign tourists. With local people is also a special place for them to visit each weekend or Christmas holidays, and it also has an important significance in the heart of every citizen, so when talking about famous cathedrals in Dalat, people will think of Chicken Church immediately.