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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Using bricks from Marseilles and stained glass from Charles, Notre Dame Cathedral is situated in Paris Square, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A French priest set down the first brick for construction on October 1877 and the last one in April 1880. The cathedral was built in accordance with specific designs and drawings. Arrangements made with France required that the construction work be managed by a French engineer named Baurad. The total cost of the construction was 2.5 million francs.
Here's another picture of the stained glass artwork you'll see inside the cathedral.
You can visit the cathedral for free, but they do have donation boxes inside the building. Why not donate a small sum of money to help in the preservation work of such a beautiful site?
The picture you see is my favourite piece of stained glass artwork inside the cathedral...there are lots more, but I really loved the one on the left.
Some of the stained glass artwork had a few missing pieces, which is quite a pity...but they still look beautiful.