Unspoiled beauty in coastal ‘Fallen church’, northen Vietnam
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Unspoiled beauty in coastal ‘Fallen church’, northen Vietnam
(Photo: Thoi Dai)

The Fallen church, known as “Nha thờ đổ Hải Lý” in Vietnamese, is also called the “Heart church”. It was built in 1943 and designed by a French architect.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

In 1966 the sea began to encroach on land for more than 1km. Following the invasion, the village that stretched along Xuong Dien beach disappeared.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)
(Photo: Thoi Dai)
(Photo: Thoi Dai)
(Photo: Thoi Dai)

Some outstanding constructions with intricate architectures had been “swallowed” by the sea waves through times. Only the Fallen Church, which is dedicated to St. Maria Madalena is still standing there. However, the construction is not as intact as it used to be.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

The church’s stereobate has been invaded by seawater, which ruined the original architect.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

Local authorities and residents have built embankments around Fallen church in a bid to conserve the culture-rich construction. The church is now a hot check-in place for visitors and locals alike.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

However, as the church has deteriorated and partly collapsed, the entire area is now surrounded by fences, preventing visitors from approaching.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

The roof of the remaining church bell tower viewed from above.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)
(Photo: Thoi Dai)

Architectural patterns inside the
church
have been worn away. The bricks are exposed through time.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)

There have been many eateries sprouting these days to serve tourists’ needs.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)
(Photo: Thoi Dai)

The fence enveloping Fallen Church is pretty high.


The vestiges of the once magnificent and splendid church still remain.



(Photo: Thoi Dai)
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