To me, this neo-Romanesque cathedral almost looks out of place in Saigon. It is much too European to be sitting in such a prominent position in this teeming city. Regardless, here it is standing in the middle of town just to the end of Dong Khoi Street. Built between 1877 and 1883, allegedly on the site of an old Chinese Pagoda, this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture in the city. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. The bricks used to build the structure were all shipped from Marseilles. And French artisans from Lorin Company (Chartres, France) were commissioned to create the stained glass windows. The Cathedral cost 2.5 million francs to construct, a fortune both then and now. Structurally, the church is composed of two main central bays with two sidereal corridors, with tall pillars and light coming in through sets of high windows, and a semi-circular shrine. In 1962, the Vatican gave the cathedral the title Basilique.
Her two imposing 130 feet (40 m) tall towers, topped with iron spires use to dominate the city’s skyline but now there are a number of high-rise buildings that are much taller. However, in earlier years it was THE landmark that passengers looked for during their arrival aboard passenger liners traveling the winding Saigon River.
On the square in front of the cathedral, there is a statue of the Virgin Mary made of white marble, symbolizing peace.
The cathedral was built by the French late in the 19th century. The 40m-high twin towers tipped with iron spires atop the neo-Romanesque cathedral faces a small square which still has a large statue of the Virgin Mary.
Unusually, this cathedral has no stained glass windows: the glass was a casualty of World War II.
A number of foreign tourists worship here, and the priests are allowed to add a short sermon in English or French to their longer presentations in Vietnamese.
What I found most interesting in this main church was climbing up the belfry, from where you have a very nice view of the city.
Pay atention to the times, as it is usually open only very early (4-9 am) or in the afternoons (14-18).
It is not really outstanding compared with european churches, but it makes a nice change after so many pagodas and temples?
There are masses on sunday mornings (9:30 I think).
It was built from 10/1877 – 4/1880 with the approval of the Vatican and costed 2.5 million French Francs . Notre Dame is a a biulding with neo- Romanesque architecture and 2 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires. Located on Han Thuyen St facing down Dong Khoi St
In the front is the statue of Virgin Mary , maybe because the statue has been exposed for a long time and hasn’t got a good care so it looks a bit fading . On its right is the Municipal Post Office and also the biggest one in HCMC
The Church opens for visiters
from 8am – 10:30 am
and 3pm – 4 pm
For those u wanna attend the Sunday Mass there is one Mass in English held at 9:30am on Sun
The cathedral was built by the French late in the 19th century. The twin towered neo-Romanesque facade faces a small square which still has a large statue of the Virgin Mary. You'll note that all the windows of the cathedral, including the rose window, are plain glass. The stained glass was a casualty of World War II and has never been replaced.
A good percentage of Vietnamese people are Catholic, which is represented here by Notredame Cathedral. It's a centerpiece to the city, located in the heart of downtown Saigon. Sunday mass is standing-room only.
Built between 1877 and 1880, is a big architectura contruction of city. Its neo-Romanesque form and two 40 metre high square towers, tipped with iron spires, dominate the city's skyline. In front of the cathedral (in the centre of the square) is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The cathedral is closed to visitors except during Sunday services, which are in Vietnamese and English.
You can find some great French architecture in HCMC, none better than this basilica. The colours and facade are strikingly European in contrast with Vietnamese streetlife around it.
1. 1877 completed.
2. All the bricks and tiles were transported from French
3. There are many beautiful colorful glass-paintings. It would look better if it is well-lighted.
I was lucky when I got here and found that is was open to public and took a stroll inside. It was pretty interesting and is one of the significant landmarks in Saigon.
Constructed between 1877 and 1883, the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral stands testament to the fact that Vietnam has the second largest Catholic population in Asia behind the Philippines.
A French-built Catholic cathedral in the city centre (Dong Khoi, district 1) next to the Post Office. Free entry.
You can walk to this buiding from Pham Ngu Lao. It is in red in color and you can recognise it easily.
The location of this building is opposite the main post office.
While a predominantly Buddhist country, Vietnam has a sizeable Catholic population. This is one of the country's most well-known Catholic landmarks.