Due to the fact that Sapa was a French retreat from the heat in Hanoi, a parish was started here in 1902. Right in the center of the town, the Sapa Church, which is also known as the Stone Church or the Holy Rosary Church, was built after a careful consideration of choosing the location as it's an important spiritual meaning for Catholics. The church was built by stone under the cross by Roman gothic architecture and the interior is decorated with lovely stained glass windows in a modern style that depict the life of Christ. With an area over 6000m2, it has enough rooms for the arrangement of the priest's house, animal house, house angel, the front yard, fences and garden.
At the church, ethnic minorities often held traditional activities known by tourists as ‘market situation’ - sounds of traditional musical instruments, such as trumpet leaves and flutes, become lively along with the voices of timid boys and girls, prayers also can be heard amid the appealing scene.
Though having been standing in the land for more than a hundred years and witnessed the contemporary history of Vietnam, Sapa Church is always under quite well maintenance. It's also a tidy testament to the Christian population here in Sapa. At the front entrance there is an information board following the Mass schedules. If you'd like to take a stroll of it or pray in here, contact us for a free tailor-made itinerary. The minority village of Cat Cat and the stunning natural view of Silver Waterfall are also worth a visit.