Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

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Dong Khoi, District 1

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Notre Dame Cathedral is a corner of France in the middle of Ho Chi Minh... built in neo-Romanesque style, it is made of red bricks imported from Marseille, and it has stained-glass windows imported from Chartres.

    I'm not sure when the cathedral is open and at what time... I know for sure that on a weekday at 11.45 PM you will not find it open. Apparently it is open for mass at 9.30 AM on Sunday. What you can see frm the outside is the architecture, the two 60 metres tall Romanesque towers and a large white statue of the Virgin Mary.

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    Visit on a Sunday

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 30, 2007

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    If you can spare some time out of your busy touristy schedule, do drop by Notre Dame Cathedral on a Sunday and soak in the atmosphere of a Mass.

    A sense of serenity comes upon you as you step into the cathedral. The candles, the priest, the congregation. Everything. Another reason why you'd want to visit the cathedral is also to see the architecture. Lovely stained glass and intricately designed high ceiling makes this cathedral a lovely building.

    A Nice Place of Worship A view of the Cathedral Lovely Stained Glass

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    The Cathedral

    by sweetie_inc Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    A French-built Catholic cathedral in the city centre next to the Post Office.

    The cathedral was built in the 18th century and decorated with stain glass windows. 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. This peaceful place is perfect for quiet contemplation.

    The cathedral View from the post office

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    Notre Dame

    by yukisanto Written Mar 10, 2007

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    It's a functioning church, so it opens only for mass. We went pass it about 3.42pm, and the gate was open, so we went in. Beautiful. Even though it was not really a tourist attraction, and never should be disturbed so by tourists.

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    Not only in Paris!!

    by BorneoGrrl Written Jan 26, 2007

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    Having been colonized by the French, Saigon has many french buildings and one of the popular landmarks is of course Saigon's own Notre Dame Cathedral. It was built at the end of the 19th century and has two 40-metre high towers. In a small garden in front of the cathedral stands a statue of the Virgin Mary

    If you have been to the Notre Dame in Paris, you will find that the interior of the one in Saigon is rather plain and has no stained glass windows. However, it is still a beautiful building and the surrounding area has quaint coffee shops for you to relax & watch the day go by

    Admission is free and you can attend Sunday mass around 9.30am

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    Historical Church

    by perseushermes Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    A wonderful historical church with lots of stained glass windows. I am not sure about the religion issue here but its a wonder the way the church is kept in almost pristine condition. I guess because of the proximity of the cathedral to the Grand Post Office , the tourist seem to make their way to this grand place.

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    catholic church

    by stalks Written Sep 11, 2006

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    Built in 1877-1880 Notre Dame Cathedral is one of Vietnams oldest Catholic Churches. In December 1959 the church was named after approval was given by the Vatican.Visitors can attend mass 3 times on week days and Saturdays and 6 times on Sundays.

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    Our lady in Ho Chi Minh City

    by maria_hz Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Built in the 18th century in red brick, this cathedral is interesting if not for anything else, then because it is in its own unique way rather French in style complete with stained glass windows, but then you go closer and see the Chinese characters (used to write Vietnamese until rather recently) outside, near the Latin inscriptions.

    Our lady in front of her cathedral
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    Duc Ba Church

    by muddybok Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    This cathedral also known as Notre Dame Cathedral, situated in Paris Square, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

    The neo-Romanesque architecture and its two 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires dominate the Ho Chi Minh City's sky line.

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    French Influence

    by hassan_abu Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Notre Dame Cathedral
    The twin towers of Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a delicate statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain, unlike most French cathedrals, with no stained glass, but it is a cool escape from the heat outside

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by y_lyn Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    This place is really full of life and vibrant! Can see many people standing outside the cathedral? Probably waiting for their friends/ spouses. You can also find many couples coming here to take their wedding photos too.

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    Western architectural, Eastern aspects....

    by lukluk_wal_marjan Written Feb 11, 2006

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    The name is Duc Ba and the architectural represents glory of the French Empire. Construction completed in 1875.

    You can take the opportuity to observe the activity of the local people when you are here. From the little girls who try to sell the postcard up to a mom with a kid who sell the miniature dolls.

    'Duc Ba' (Our Lady) statue...
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    Catedral- Cathedral

    by elpariente Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Llama la atención ver una catedral de estilo neorrománico en el barrio gubernamental de Ho Chi Minh
    Se construyó durante la epoca de influencia francesas a finales del siglo XIX
    Delante de la Catedral hay una imágen de la Virgen María, que estaba llena de devotos pues decían que unos días antes había llorado la imágen.
    Es curioso visitar el interior de la catedral

    It attracks the attention to see a Neo-Romanic cathedral in the gubernamental area of Ho Chi Minh.
    It was built during the French influence days at the end of the XIX century.
    In front of the Cathedral there is a Virgin Mary image , that was full of devouts because they said that a few days before the image had cryed.
    It is interesting to visit the inside of the cathedral

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    The french touch

    by rafscab Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Those traveling to HCMC, don´t expect to find a magnificent european style cathedral because you´ll be a bit dissapointed. But the Notre Damme it's beautiful in it´s simplicity. And you'll find a lot of vietnamese brides taking photos there and couples sitting on the square in front. Inside I was surprised wit a neon light in the altar that I found a bit dismatching with the scene.

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    Western Culture In Eastern Life

    by neurochic Written Nov 8, 2005

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    Notre Dame Cathedral looks like your typical Catholic Church. A beautiful sight to take in. My husband and I were lucky enough to watch a wedding occurring there and beautiful wedding photos being taken at a park right outside the cathedral.

    Notre Dame Cathedral Wedding Pictures near Notre Dame
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