Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

#2 of 37 in Historic Sites in Ho Chi Minh City
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Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral stands as a testament to the impact of the French culture and Christian civilization on Indochina. The neo-Romanesque red-brick cathedral was considered the most beautiful church in the French colonies at the time it was built (between 1877 and 1883). The two belfries, which were added in 1895, rise to the height of 60 m (190 ft). See some of the original stained-glass windows inside the entrance and the devotional tablets on interior walls. The cathedral was the center of media attention in 2005, when thousands of devotees flocked around the Virgin Mary statue that reportedly shed tears in front of the main entrance. Plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Simply lovely mass service in English. Made me miss home even more so but was ever so glad I went. Truly loving service and the choir were fantastic  more »
  • In downtown Ho Chi Minh City, an important remnant of the French colonial period in Vietnam - the "Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception", most commonly known as "Notre-Dame...  more »
  • This is one of the beautiful oldest churches in Vietnam built by the French. I'm a church-goer here on casual days. The church is currently on grand restoration and renovation, so it does not receive visitors, only church-goers are allowed to get in. Visitors please be informed about that, because the gate keepers don't speak English well and sometimes may fail to explain that to international visitors. The church is projected to be completed in at least 2025, according to an official announcement by the Archbishop recently. I think one of the gate keepers' attitude is not very friendly, so visitors please also be prepared for that.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral is an amazing piece of colonial architecture. It’s proximity to the central post office is great so you can visit multiple attractions at the same time. Unfortunately, there’s some restoration work going on, hence the cathedral is closed off for public (hence the 4 stars). It’s especially magical during Christmas time where there are lots of Santa’s in front of it and many winter decorations.

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