Santa Cruz Church
The Roman Catholic Santa Cruz Church was built in 1770 on land donated by King Taksin as a place of worship for the local community of Portuguese merchants and missionaries who had settled in the Kudi Chin area. Santa Cruz means “holy cross” in Portuguese. It quickly became a popular church with Bangkok’s Catholic community of the time. The brightly lit blue dome is one of the Chao Phraya River’s most recognizable landmarks after dark.