Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

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Dong Khoi, District 1

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    NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL & WEDDINGS

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    The French colonists did it again - They built this lovely Cathedral between 1863 and 1880.
    The style of the Cathedral was chosen by holding a "design' competition.

    Well, French Colonists wanted French building materials, so all of them were imported from France.
    The first stone was laid in 1877. Finally, 3 years later, the Cathedral was complete. Inside the main entry gate is a plate commemorating the start and completion dates and designer. In 1895, two bell towers were added to the cathedral and crosses were installed on the top of each tower.

    Paris Square is in-front of the Cathedral. It had a lovely flower garden where Brides & Grooms were having their photos taken, a very popular place!

    The Virgin Mary statue, is also within the small garden. In 2005, the statue was reported to have shed tears attracting thousands of people to come and see for themselves. Later, it was declared the statue didn't shed tears!

    The late 19th century Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the oldest and biggest Catholic churches in Vietnam, and is a prominent feature of the city’s skyline with its twin spires.

    Visitors can attend mass held three times on weekdays and six times on Sundays
    No admission is charged in this cathedral
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    Open: Daily, Sunday Mass 9:30am

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    Notre dame Cathedral

    by theguardianangel Updated Sep 22, 2013

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    Notre dame Cathedral is one of the best churches I've ever seen! No wonder why it's gorgeous since it was designed by the same person responsible for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. After a long walk from Pham Ngu Lao road, finally we arrived in this place. All the sweat suddenly dried off when I saw the church.

    They say that whenever you visit a new church, whatever wish or pray; it will come true. Well, I believe in it after all it's all up to HIM if I deserve it.

    My friends and I were very excited to take a look inside. There was a church staff that allowed us to go in the inner part of the church. At the left side were statues of Jesus, Mary and other saints. At the entrance, there's an old woman that sells rosaries and candles. At first I didn't have any intention to buy any of those but when I thought of my very religious grandmother and relatives I decided to buy anyway. We met an old local man who's known to the vendor, he's very friendly. We chit chat for a while, then when we finished buying rosaries and some candles he offered us that he can have our rosaries blessed by the priest... that was really kind of him. I asked for his name but now I can't remember even the first letter (memory loss).

    There are lots of wedding pictorials done outside the church. It has a very nice effect as background picture:)

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    Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

    by heydelin Written May 4, 2013

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    Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, officially Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. -Wikipedia

    The Basilica is really buautiful. It opens at 3pm. Lots of couple have a pre-nuptial photoshoot there! :)

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Notre Dame Cathedral is located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, and is one of France’s most ambitious projects in Indochina. The first stone for the Cathedral was laid in 1877 and 3 years later it was opened to the public. The bricks were shipped from Marseilles, and famous French artisans were commissioned to create the stained glass windows. The bell towers were added to the Cathedral in 1895, and have a height of 58 meters. I have read that it is possible to climb the bell towers for a nice view of Ho Chi Minh City (but I didn’t).

    At the beginning, the cathedral was called “State Cathedral” due to source of the construction cost (2.5 million French francs). In 1962, the Vatican gave the Cathedral the title Basilica and since then the name has been “Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica”.

    I didn’t go inside the Cathedral, but just enjoyed the magnificent building from outside. In front of the Cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The white granite statue was erected in 1959 and has the title “Regina Pacis”. Locals swear that they on occasions have seen the statue shed tears...

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    NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The Cathedral known as Nha Tho Duc Ba. Built in the late 19th Century from local stone then covered with red ceramic tiles shipped from France it is the largest Church built in the French empire. It was completed in 1880 and was the tallest structure in the city. It originally had stained glass windows brought over from Chartres but these were destroyed during World War II and they were replaced with plain glass.
    The statue of the Virgin Mary, which was made in Rome, was added in the 1950’s.

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    Center of Roman Catholicism in Vietnam (2:inside)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 16, 2012

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    Vietnam has the second largest roman catholic population in asia, of which the largest is in the philippines and the third in Timor leste due to the various missionaries coming from the then spanish colony, the philippines and by the french during colonization in the 1800's.

    It is the seat of the Roman Catholic church in the city and there are about 8% of vietnam's population are Roman Catholics. The neo-Romanesque structure has two 40 metre iron spired towers and was built between 1877 and 1883 by the French with the stone ship from France .The church is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the oldest Catholic churches in Vietnam.

    The first church was built on Rue 5 (today's Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church. The first church was too small, thus in 1863, Admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner canal (Kinh Lớn). Lefevre put the first stone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. The construction was completed in 1865 and was called "Saigon Church" but it was burn down and construction of the present concrete church finished in October 1877. This is one of the landmarks among the impressive avenues and open spaces north of Dong Khoi. The huge red-brick edifice with twin spires is placed between two streams of traffic and is a clear reminder that the French once ruled this city. Inside, the decor is relatively austere, but the church gets very full and very lively during services

    Opens: 9:30am-11am Sun (Mass).

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    Vietnam has the second largest roman catholic population in asia, of which the largest is in the philippines and the third in Timor leste due to the various missionaries coming from the then spanish colony, the philippines and by the french during colonization in the 1800's.

    It is the seat of the Roman Catholic church in the city and there are about 8% of vietnam's population are Roman Catholics. The neo-Romanesque structure has two 40 metre iron spired towers and was built between 1877 and 1883 by the French with the stone ship from France .The church is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the oldest Catholic churches in Vietnam.

    The first church was built on Rue 5 (today's Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church. The first church was too small, thus in 1863, Admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner canal (Kinh Lớn). Lefevre put the first stone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. The construction was completed in 1865 and was called "Saigon Church" but it was burn down and construction of the present concrete church finished in October 1877. This is one of the landmarks among the impressive avenues and open spaces north of Dong Khoi. The huge red-brick edifice with twin spires is placed between two streams of traffic and is a clear reminder that the French once ruled this city. Inside, the decor is relatively austere, but the church gets very full and very lively during services

    Opens: 9:30am-11am Sun (Mass).

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    Center of Roman Catholicism in Vietnam (2:outside)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012
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    Vietnam has the second largest roman catholic population in asia, of which the largest is in the philippines and the third in Timor leste due to the various missionaries coming from the then spanish colony, the philippines and by the french during colonization in the 1800's.

    It is the seat of the Roman Catholic church in the city and there are about 8% of vietnam's population are Roman Catholics. The neo-Romanesque structure has two 40 metre iron spired towers and was built between 1877 and 1883 by the French with the stone ship from France .The church is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the oldest Catholic churches in Vietnam.

    The first church was built on Rue 5 (today's Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church. The first church was too small, thus in 1863, Admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner canal (Kinh Lớn). Lefevre put the first stone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. The construction was completed in 1865 and was called "Saigon Church" but it was burn down and construction of the present concrete church finished in October 1877. This is one of the landmarks among the impressive avenues and open spaces north of Dong Khoi. The huge red-brick edifice with twin spires is placed between two streams of traffic and is a clear reminder that the French once ruled this city. Inside, the decor is relatively austere, but the church gets very full and very lively during services

    Opens: 9:30am-11am Sun (Mass).

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    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Vietnam has the second largest roman catholic population in asia, of which the largest is in the philippines and the third in Timor leste due to the various missionaries coming from the then spanish colony, the philippines and by the french during colonization in the 1800's.

    It is the seat of the Roman Catholic church in the city and there are about 8% of vietnam's population are Roman Catholics. The neo-Romanesque structure has two 40 metre iron spired towers and was built between 1877 and 1883 by the French with the stone ship from France .The church is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the oldest Catholic churches in Vietnam.

    The first church was built on Rue 5 (today's Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church. The first church was too small, thus in 1863, Admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner canal (Kinh Lớn). Lefevre put the first stone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. The construction was completed in 1865 and was called "Saigon Church" but it was burn down and construction of the present concrete church finished in October 1877. This is one of the landmarks among the impressive avenues and open spaces north of Dong Khoi. The huge red-brick edifice with twin spires is placed between two streams of traffic and is a clear reminder that the French once ruled this city. Inside, the decor is relatively austere, but the church gets very full and very lively during services

    Opens: 9:30am-11am Sun (Mass).

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Edwinfa Written Oct 12, 2011

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    I don't know how many people has visited this Church, I used to go every Sunday to the church kept many petitions and prayed to Mother Mary, my petitions were answered and received many blessings, so i kindly request everyone who visit to this church keep your petitions and pray sure you will receive the blessing from Mother Mary, For a long time i want to write a note, but today i need to tell others with the blessing i am receiving, if i don't proclaim it, how will others know about this.............

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by schurman23 Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    The Notre Dame is a cathedral located in downtown of Saigon and was built by French colonists between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, with a crucifix both at its peak. The walls are made of bricks and there is a flower garden outside with a statue of the Blessed Mother.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 28, 2011

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    Notre Dame Cathedral is a landmark of Ho Chin City. It's classical and colonial style architecture has attracted many visitors everyday. This cathedral is built by red bricks and it retains its bright red color all the time. In front of the cathedral, it matches very well with the Virgin Mary status, and the 57.6 m high six bronze bells.

    This Cathedral was built by the French as a place for community and religion services.

    I did not manage to go inside the church due to some special events.

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    Nice part of town !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written May 10, 2011

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    The Norte Dame catherdral is in probably the nicest part of Ho Chi Minh City ... a nice square one can stand or sit here for hours and watch the world go by. It was closed when we were there so we could not go inside, but we walked around the area and had a nice time.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 11, 2011

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    This grand cathedral was built by the French in the 1800's. So beautiful on the outside .It looks rather barren inside ,however but while it lacks the gilded alters and priceless art of other Cathedrals it is built in an elegant style.It stands proudly in the square and has with stood the test of many turbulant years.

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  • A slice of Paris in Vietnam

    by thescene Updated Dec 21, 2010

    Vietnam used to be a French colony and one of the buildings built during that time was the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. Inside you can see the European inspired interiors. The exterior is a great place to take photos. This beautiful Roman Architecture cathedral is one of the best places to visit during your stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

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