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Santa Cruz Church (Wat Kudi Jeen)
      Santa Cruz Church, one of the many old Catholic churches in Bangkok, was built in 1770 during the reign of King Taksin (1867 1782). This Church of the Holy Cross is a legacy of Thai-Portuguese relations that date back to the 16th century.
      When Ayutthaya fell to the burmese in 1767, most Europeans returned to their own countries. Some of the Portugueses residents, however, remained in Thailand. When Kimg Taksin offered them land found temple, Brother Core chose the land in the Portugueses Community near Kuti Jean area. In the reign og HM the King Rama III the temple fell into calamity, Cardinal Pallegoix re-established it and renamed Santa Cruz Church, or the church of the Holy Cross, however, it is popularly known as 'Wat Kuti Jean'.
      The gate to the spacious courtyard is a short distance from the Santa Cruz Pier on the Chao Phraya. A crucifix is in one corner of the courtyard and a statue of Mary within a beautiful garden in the other.
      Within a smaller courtyard, surrounded by a low wrought iron fence, stands the neat cream colored church trimmed in reddish-brown and topped by a domed belfry. The sidewalls of the church are decorated with stained glass etched with biblical images.
      Nestled among old houses on the river banks and newer buildings inland, the reddish dome of the old Catholic church is a prominent landmark on the Chao Phraya River.

Opening Hours : Daily from 05.00 07.00 hrs. and 17.00 19.30 hrs.
Admission Fee : -
For more information, please call : 0 2472 0153-4
How to Get There : Get off the SkyTrain at Saphan Taksin Station (S6) and take Exit No.1, then board across river ferry and walk to Charoen Nakorn Road. After that walk across the street to travel by a public bus No.6 to Memorial Bridge and walk to the church. Or take Exit No.2, then board the Chao Phraya Express Boat from Sathorn Pier to Memorial Bridge Pier or Tien Pier, then board across river ferry from Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) to the church or Wat Kamlayanamitr Pier.