Church of Santa Cruz



Church of Santa Cruz

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This pastel yellow church is one of the most prominent reminders of the community of Portuguese merchants and missionaries who lived here in the mid-19th century. The church was built in the late 18th century, when Thon Buri was the capital of Thailand. It was rebuilt by Bishop Pallegoix in 1834, and again in 1913. The church is known in Thai as Wat Kuti Chin (“Chinese monastic residence”), from the Chinese influences in its architecture.

Although only a few houses of Portuguese origin remain in the muddle of alleyways surrounding the temple, the Portuguese legacy can still be seen in the private Catholic shrines that are tucked away among Thai shop-houses.

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