Cua Bac Church is a Roman Catholic church, built in 1931 by the French administration of Indochina as a part of the Hanoi’s urban plan. The Church was originally named as Queen of Martyrs, later it was called the Church of Our Lady of Hanoi, and also due to be built in the North Gate of Thang Long so also named Cua Bac church.
Cua Bac church was built between 1925 and 1930, under Bishop Pierre Marie Gendreau (Đông) of the Diocese, and Father Joseph-Antoine Dépaulis (Father Huong) supervised the parish. The church is located on the land stretching along Phan Dinh Phung street and the corner of Nguyen Bien street, by the North Gate of Thang Long so people often have called Cua Bac church.
Today, Cua Bac Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together with Ham Long Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral. In November, 2006, the Cua Bac Catholic Church became the venue of joint worship service of the Vietnamese Catholics and Protestants with participation of the United States President George W. Bush , who was on an official visit to Vietnam.
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Cua Bac means Northern Gate while Nha Tho means church. Today, Cua Bac is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together with Ham Long Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Other churches in the city are Cua Bac church, Ham Long church, Thinh Liet church, etc. Among them, Cua Bac church is most visited by foreigners as it gives sermons and offers services in English. In 2004, it was estimated that there were 282,886 followers (about 5.3% of the population) in Ha Noi.
Cua Bac Church (Northern Gate Church) has regular sermons and services in English language and is often visited by expats and tourists. In December 2007, thousands of Vietnamese Catholics marched in procession to the former apostolic nunciature in Hanoi (confiscated by the communist government in 1959) and prayed there twice aiming to return the property to the local Church.
Ham Long Church is a Roman Catholic church in the center district Hoan Kiem of Hanoi. The church was built at the end of the 19th century on an old street named Hàm Long from which Ham Long Church was called. Today, Ham Long Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together with Cua Bac Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral.