Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok
The Assumption Cathedral is the principal Roman Catholic church of Thailand, located in the Bang Rak district of Bangkok near the river. It is the main church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok.
The Cathedral is located within 100 meters of the French Embassy, and the original building was the result of the request from a French missionary, Father Pascal in 1809 and the work of a French architect which saw the cathedral completed in 1821 during the reign of King Rama II. The architect designed the original Assumption Cathedral with material imported from France and Italy. The cathedral was named Assumption to honour the passage of the Virgin Mary to heaven after her death, and she is commemorated at the church during The Feast of the Assumption, on St Mary's Day on 15 August.
Around 1909 or 1910 the church underwent significant reconstruction and was rebuilt in the Romanesque style between 1910 and 1918. In 1942, during World War II, it was damaged by nearby bombing. It was visited by Pope John Paul II during his trip to Thailand in 1984.
tucked within a square, hidden by other building, is the french inspired romas catholic cathedral of the assumption. not to be mistaken for the apostolic palace of the Holy See's ambassador, i find it one of the more decorative churches that i have seen in asia. it's not really decorated to dizzy heights but that which befits its status as the cathedral church of bangkok.
inside, you will now find the relic of blessed nicholas kitbamrung, a former student of the college general major seminary in penang (my hometown), he was martyred during WW2, if i am not mistaken. he was beatified by the late Pope John Paul II in 2000.
It was a surprise to see a cathedral in Bangkok, I have to admit.
This one dates back to 1910, so it is fairly new and it does not have much artistic interest.
The interior is Rococo but as I said nothing you would not have seen before in France, let's say.
It is in front of the Assumption College and it had quite a good atmosphere with lots of schoolgirls playing in the square.
A bit hidden but intreresting to see. It will take you only five minutes and you will be able to see that you saw Bangkok's Cathedral :-)
A bit hard to find by walk but worth the visit ! This cathedral was built in 1910 in a Romanesque style. It is surrounded by a "Place" which really gives the whole location a European feeling. The interior is beautiful with the blue ceiling and the impressive altar (from France)