Update: 14:35 | 05/04/2020
Kon Tum’s wooden church, which is considered to be the most beautiful of its kind in the Central Highlands, is an extremely unique religious architecture with over 100 years of history.
The Kon Tum Wooden Cathedral is a catholic church on Nguyen Hue Street, Thong Nhat Ward, in the centre of Kon Tum Province. It is very near other famous destinations such as Kon Tum Bishop's Palace, Bac Ai Pagoda, Kon Klor Suspension Bridge, Kon Klor Communal House and Kon K’Tu Village.
The cathedral was built by French priest Giuse Decrouille between 1913 and 1918. Despite weather and wars over the past 100 years, the wooden church has remained undamaged.
The main material of the cathedral was “ca chit” wood, a kind of “sen do” (Shorea roxburghii) tree that was very popular in the Central Highlands in the past. It was constructed by artisans from the provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai. Its ceilings and walls were made of soil mixed with straw. The wooden panels were stuck together with mortises, not using nails.
The wooden cathedral is a combination of Roman style and traditional stilt house architecture of the Ba Na ethnic minority people.
With an area of up to 700m2, the wooden cathedral is a close “great project”, consisting of a palace of worship, a guest house, a place displaying ethnic and religious products, and a communal house. In addition, there is an orphanage and a brocade sewing and weaving facility of the local ethnic people.
The corridor to the cathedral with the roof designed in the architectural style the of Ba Na ethnic minority people’s communal house.
Inside the church, the small columns are linked together to form domes, creating a wide and airy space.
The colourful glass pictures of God, Our Lady and biblical examples were mounted on the walls inside the chancel.
A statue of Monsignor Martial Jannin Phuoc - the first bishop of the Diocese of Kontum, who had made great contributions to evangelisation in the Central Highlands, was erected in the courtyard.