Located in the center of Sapa town, the sapa stone church, built in 1895, is considered to be one of the oldest surviving French architectural landmarks. The church has been embellished and preserved well, and now become an indispensable image referring to the foggy Sapa. This ancient church is the stopping point of most Sapa tours and of course the favorite destinations of all tourists.
The ancient church of Sapa is also called stone church or Our Lady of the Rosary church in the heart of Sapa town, built by the French in the early 20th century. Before placing the first brick of the basement, the French architects have chosen very carefully the place based on the condition of the land.
The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is located in a prime location with Ham Rong Mountain behind, in front of a large and flat area for developing many cultural works for the commune activities. Furthermore, people can see the monument from everywhere, along with two other French architectural works as the Villa Bridge (now Hoang Lien Hotel) and the old party district (now the headquarters of Lao Cai Tourist Information Center) forming a symmetrical triangular structure with a distinct French style.
Choosing the direction of the church has important spiritual significance for Catholics: The head turn east, the direction of the sunrise, towards the source of God. At the end of the church (the bell tower) is the west, the birthplace of Christ.
The structure and architecture of the church follow the Roman Gothic. The architecture is reflected in the roof, bell tower, arch … All are pyramidal construction for the work of pure elegance. The entire church is built of hewing stones (walls, floors, bell towers, church grounds, surrounding embankments) are linked together by a mixture of sand, lime and molasses. The walls on the right are intentionally rough as the stalactites flowing down to add to the natural beauty for the monument. Especially the ceiling of the bell tower (near the bell) is a mixture of lime, straw, iron and not repaired once.
With a total area of over 6,000 square meters, Sapa visitors can visit the area including the church, the house, the house of the monk, the farmer, the angel house, the yard, the Holy Garden… The five-compartment parish is built in parallel with the church.
According to dulichsapalaocai.net