This Thai Catholic Church Is So Beautiful! A Buddhist Style Redeemed in Christ

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Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR

One of the great things about the Catholic Church is its incredible diversity. Practiced in nearly every country in the world, the same Catholic faith finds expression in a multitude of languages and cultures.

The church below is a chapel at the Redemptorists’ Fr. Ray Foundation in Pattaya, Thailand. You’ll notice right away that the church looks different than most churches in the West. That’s because, according to Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR, the art and style of the church follows the style of a Thai Buddhist temple, but reworked with Christian imagery.

Take our photo tour, and then let us know what you think in the comments!

Here’s the beautiful exterior:

Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR

Here’s the interior:

Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR

Here’s a side altar:

Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR

And here are some details of the beautiful art:

Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR
Fr. Matt Allman, CSsR

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

[See also: If Jesus Had Been Korean: 20 Rare Paintings of the Life of Christ]

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