Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Cathedral in city center

    by muratkorman Written Nov 1, 2008

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    Notre Dame Cathedral is the main photography spot for wedding couples. During our visit we have seen at least 8 couples whose pictures were taken for their wedding albums. It was the wedding season in Vietnam during our visit and that may have caused the increase in number of couples. The cathedral is simple inside, but it is still one of the remarkable buildings which gives character to HCMC.

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    Fine example of French colonial architecture

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    The impressive Notre Dame Cathedral was built by the French between 1863 and 1880 and features two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France. Some tiles are carved with the words "Wang-Tai Saigon". Many tiles have since been made in Saigon to replace the tiles that were damaged by the war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres in France.

    Le Place Pigneau de Behaine, the square in front of the cathedral, holds a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary. During October 2005, the statue was reported to have shed tears, attracting thousands of people and forcing authorities to stop traffic around the Cathedral. However, the top clergy of the Catholic Church in Vietnam confirmed that the Virgin Mary statue in front of a cathedral did not shed tears.

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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 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 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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    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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    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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    Western architectural, Eastern aspects....

    by lukluk_wal_marjan Written Feb 11, 2006

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    'Duc Ba' (Our Lady) statue...

    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.

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    Hunchback of the Notre Dame

    by muddybok Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Hunchback of the Notre Dame

    The hunchback is seemed roam the Saigon City after being accepted by neighborhood. Some ever spotted him in other cities from Saigon all the way to Hanoi.

    Hey! It’s me la!! The hunchback effect is created using my day sack. Hehe!! ;-)

    P/s: In the process of filming the Hunchback of the Notre Dame (Vietnam Edition), no hunchback nor Bok were harmed.

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    Visit on a Sunday

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 30, 2007

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    A Nice Place of Worship
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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.

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    One of Sai gon's most prominent landmarks

    by bpwarne Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    If attending the Sunday Mass held in both English and Vietnamese (9:30AM), be sure to show up early to get a seat near one of the large floor fans as it really gets hot inside and there is no A/C. Visiting hours and service hours are listed on the accompanying picture and were up to date as of May 2007.
    Also check out the vintage motorbikes/motorcycles which are often on display on Sundays in the park across the street from the church. Collectors and afficionados just seem to gather there to show off their prized rides and trade stories.
    If you must have a cafe after services, head straight out the front door and down Dong Khoi Street to the Highlands Coffee on the right hand side. Try not to get run over crossing the street on the way there!
    The Central Post Office is located across the street from the cathedral and is also an interesting short diversion.

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    The Cathedral

    by sweetie_inc Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    The cathedral
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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.

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    Our lady in Ho Chi Minh City

    by maria_hz Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Our lady in front of her cathedral

    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.

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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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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by KhanhLy Written Sep 11, 2005

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    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.

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