After the fall of Ayuthaya, many Portuguese resided in the area presently occupied by the church. In 1786, King Yodfa The Great (Rama I) donated this piece of land to the Portuguese Community to built a church. The following year, the first church was built and it was named Kalawario, a Thai transliteration of the English word “Calvary”. In 1822, this church came under the authority of Bishop Esprit-Marie-Joseph Florens, the Vicar Apostolic of Siam. Seventeen years later, it was dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. By this time, the area became Chinatown and most of the parishioners were Chinese. Until now, majority of church’s patrons come from the Chinese community and masses in Chinese have been going on.
A great fire engulfed the church in 1884. Construction of the present structure started in 1891. It was completed and consecrated in 1897.
The Gothic-style architecture of the church with its cross-topped spire and stained glass windows is considered one of the most beautiful in Thailand. In 1987, it received the Association of Siamese architects’ Architectural Conservation Award.
Address: 987 Soi Wanit 2, Yotha Road, Talad Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 (see map for exact location)
Telephone: 0-2266-4849, 0-2236-2727
Weekdays: (Thai) 6:00, 19:30
Sundays: (Thai) 8:00, 19:30; (Chinese) 6:15, 10:00
External Link: Church’s Website in Thai