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Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok: 4 reviews and 4 photos


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.

Address: 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok.
Directions: Off Soi Charoen Krung
Phone: +66 2 234 8556
Website: http://www.assumption-cathedral.com/

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  • Written Oct 25, 2009
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