Timings : Saturday: 6:00 PM - Till mass ends Sunday: 7:00 PM - Till mass ends
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Amidst a sprawling garden along the banks of Chao Phraya, lies the grand and bright yellow building of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. There is a Catholic school right next to the church, which is why it's always bustling with noise and energy. The St Joseph Church is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Thailand. It was built on request by the Vietnamese missionaries who were headed by French bishop Lambert De La Motte. Since the church is within the premises of a school, it mostly remains closed. However, the main building opens for the mass on Saturdays and Sundays, during particular timings.
Active even today, St. Joseph Church served as the centre for the French Catholic Mission for the better part of a hundred years before it was destroyed by the Burmese invasion of Ayutthaya. Mass is held on the weekends at this iconic yellow church. The grounds include a small lake and gravestones of Catholics buried as far back as the 1500s.
The architecture of the building is quite fascinating as it is built on the Romanesque style of architecture and is contrasted with a bold and bright colour like yellow. Since it is one of the oldest churches of Thailand, Saint Joseph Catholic Church has few of the oldest burials made, in the cemetery that is within its premises, towards its backside.
The church had been beautifully designed with stained glass and domes all across it. These architectural designs adorn various stories from the Holy Bible. It also features a beautiful clock-tower. The grandiosity of the place is not only expressed by the expressive building, but also the aesthetically maintained surroundings. The beautiful garden all around the church along with a little lake within the premises is what captures the scenic beauty of the place.
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