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Cho Quan Church, the century-old architecture

Cho Quan Church

Cho Quan Church, the century-old architecture

 

 The Cho Quan Church at 120 Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 exists over 100 years old and is one of the oldest parishes in HCM City so far.

 

In 1674,the parishioners from northern and central regions built up an oratory at the present-day church. In early 1720, Father Jos� Garcia set up the first church after receiving the Cho Quan Parish. In 1727, Father Jos� restored the church on a larger area, which was burnt to the ground when the Chan Lap troops attacked Saigon in 1731. Two years later, a new larger church, 55 meters in length and 20 meters width, was constructed. At that time, this was the only church in the Saigon � Cho Lon area.

 

In 1775, Father Di�go upgraded the church. In 1782, it was destroyed during the war between the Tay Son Dynasty and the Lord Nguyen. The church was rebuilt in 1793 with the support of Lord Nguyen Anh and then collapsed during the uprising of Le Van Khoi and the Catholicism-banning period under the reigns of Kings Minh Mang, Thieu Tri and Tu Duc.

 

After this period, a number of parishioners collected pillars of abandoned houses to rebuild the church and a 20-meter high tower. From 1882-1885, Father Nicolas Ham built a new church that exists until now. Father Nicolas Ham died in 1886 and was buried under the foundation of the new church. Construction continued in 1887-1897. . The big ugrading was made in 1926 and a small repair later has been done regularly then, increasing the solemnity of the church.

 

Over 100 years of construction, Cho Quan is still considered one of the largest and most beautiful churches in the Cho Lon area.


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