Phat Diem Cathedral is 34 kilometers away from Ninh Binh center and sits in the middle of scenic canals and rice paddies. The cathedral is built of stones is a very beautiful mixture of eastern & western gothic architecture which includes 2 gothic chapels and some massive ironwood columns.
Phat Diem Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Churches in Vietnam and is likened to the “Catholic capital” of Vietnam. The complex comprises of a lake, Phuong Dinh (bell tower), a cathedral, Bible Chapel, the Chapel of St. Joseph, the Chapel of St. Peter and 3 artificial caves and a stone church.
On both sides of the church are four smaller churches of different styles. On the north corner, there are three stone caves. The most beautiful of these caves is Lo Duc Grotto.