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Marian Shrine of the Lady of Tra Kieu
Ranked #50 of 116 things to do in Da Nang
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 16 April 2014

But a lot very touristy tatolly fully with visitors when we arrived later in the afternoon - absolutley swarming but what a wonderfully enlightening experince with people from every corner of the world

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

During a siege in the modern era, a David vs Goliath battle took place here where combatants claim to have seen a lady in white on the roof of the church. A famous victory followed & people have attributed this victory to the apparition of the mother Mary. Vietnamese Catholics make an annual pilgrim to the battle site where a shrine was built to venerate the statue known as Our Lady of Tra Kieu.

The story goes that in 1884, new Vietnamese child Emperor Ham Nghi came to power with the support of a pro-Vietnamese royal court backed by a movement known as Van Than, basically a powerful lynch mob who targeted foreigners & Catholics.

On September 1st, 1885, the village of Tra Kieu with a population of around 900 people & mainly Catholic, was surrounded by the Van Than army numbering 3000 soldiers. Outnumbered three-to-one the parish priest Father Bruyere directed the locals to devote their prayers to Mary. The priest created a small shrine to Mary with elderly, women & children all prayed the rosary in desperation while all men of fighting age went outside to face their attackers. For several days the men of Tra Kieu held off the Van Than army despite their inferior numbers. After days of failure, the Van Than army brought in cannons & shelled the church. One of the commanders stated afterwards that he saw a lady in white standing on-top of the church. He tried to blast her with cannon fire but kept missing. Other soldiers claimed to have seen this lady whom they tried to fire at for two days also without any success. On September 21, the Van Than army made plans for a full frontal assault. Seeing these preparations, the villagers decided to attack the Van Than army first. During the battle, the hapless Van Than army tried to use their war elephants but were unable to get the beasts to move. The elephant riders claimed afterwards that they saw thousands of children dressed in red & white climb down from the surrounding bamboo trees to join the villagers in the melee. During the battle, one of the Van Than commanders was killed, this caused total disarray in their ranks & caused the army to disperse. The villagers won, their victory was attributed to the Mother Mary. Today the site is known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Tra Kieu & is one of three places of pilgrimage for Vietnamese Catholics, the other two are the Our Lady of La Vang near Hue & Our Lady of Tapao in Phan Thiet.

The Marian shrine is located in the town of Tra Kieu off National Highway 1 on Buu Chau hill on route to the UNESCO world heritage site at My Son. Strangely enough, this hill & the surrounding lands was once known as Simhapura, the ‘Lion City’ & was the former site of a Champa king’s Hindu temple where Shiva was worshipped. Its foundations were reused by the French to construct a Catholic church in the 1800’s. The recovered statues can be viewed today at the Tra Kieu gallery inside the Cham Sculpture Museum in Da Nang. The current chapel & Marian shrine was rebuilt in the 1960’s & reflects the typical design of that era. It is often commented that the Shrine statue has a beautiful face. The grounds of the shrine feel strange as there is very little open grassland in Vietnam which gives this place that air of calm & peace.

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Reviewed 12 November 2016
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