Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

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Dong Khoi, District 1

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    by machomikemd Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    The French took control of Saigon in 1859 and quickly embarked on a building program that included wide tree-lined boulevards and architecture that would not look out of place in Paris, and much of it survives today in Saigon's inner city districts. It may not be as concentrated as it is in Hanoi's old quarter but some of the best examples of French colonial building are to be found in Saigon - the grand central post office, the glorious wedding cake of a town hall (now the headquarters of the People's Committee), Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House, the Majestic Hotel, the main court house, and the many shops that line Le Loi and Nguyen Hue streets and the city's other main thoroughfares.

    Indeed, the French architectural legacy is everywhere in the city, not just the centre. You just have to look out for the elegant villas and public buildings that are often hidden behind a sometimes dishevelled modern veneer.

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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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    Visit the Cathedral

    by screamcheese Written Oct 22, 2008

    We all know that Vietnam was conquered by a lot of countries. The French was one of them and this could be seen with the structure of the Notre Dame Cathedral. We went to mass here on my grandma's birthday and i couldn't understand anything obviously because they were speaking a different language. I observed that only a few were Catholics. Our tour guide also told us that most of them didn't believe in gods.

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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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    Center of Roman Catholicism in Vietnam (1:inside)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 16, 2012

    part one of my Notre Dame Church Multi- Tips more pictures around the inside area of the Church

    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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    Saigon's Notre Dame

    by zuyao Written Jan 23, 2008

    The Notre Dame Cathedral is a modest replica of Paris'. It is no where as beautiful as the one in Paris but is still worth the visit. It is an attractive colonial-style building which is also a symbol of the strong presence of Christianity here. A statue of Virgin Mary also stands in front of the cathedral.

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    Outside Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Dy2005 Written May 27, 2005

    The last time when I visited Notre Dame Cathedral (Aug 04), I saw this lady making the traditional chinese style "flour figurine" (which is a form of Ancient Chinese art) just right outside the entrance of the church.

    Not sure if she's still around but you could check it out!

    Nice figurines of the ancient Chinese folklore like Monkey God, Ne Zha, the 8 Immortals etc...

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    by honeyblue Updated Aug 4, 2004

    Notre Dame or the Grand Cathedral is located in District 1, in the heart of the city. It was built between October 1877 and April 1880 with the Notre Dame Paris design in mind, at a cost of 2.5 million French Francs.
    During a ceremony held on December 7-8, 1959, with the approval of the Vatican, the cathedral was named Notre Dame.

    In front of the church is a small garden with the statue of the blessed Virgin Mary.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha Tho Duc Ba)

    by xiquinho Written Oct 7, 2004

    The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1880, a French-era Catholic church with neo-Romanesque qualities. The church is composed of two main central bays with two side corridors where, in addition to more classic biblical images in stained glass, there is one of Chinese characters eulogising the Virgin Mary as well as portraits of Vietnamese believers amid Asiatic plants. Two 40 meter tall bell towers (with bells that still ring every day) had spires added in 1900 that were among the first things that travellers coming up the Saigon River could see as they neared the city. Many believed lightning striking one of the towers in the 1960's was a bad omen for the South Vietnamese government. In front of the church is a statue of the Virgin Mary looking down what was once the red light district of rue Catinat and is now clean, posh Dong Khoi Street.

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    The Notre Dame Cathedral - Impressive!

    by dlytle Written Apr 18, 2004

    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 of Notre Dame in HCMC - Saigon
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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by galy Updated Dec 4, 2004

    The Notre Dame Cathedral twin towers is a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built by the frech around the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain but it is a cool escape from the heat outside.
    There are no formal opening time, just watch for services. The admission is Free; but donations are welcome

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by chengcheng Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    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.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by kenningst Written Aug 26, 2008

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    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.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by yuet29 Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    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.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by dinhyen Written Apr 8, 2003

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    While a predominantly Buddhist country, Vietnam has a sizeable Catholic population. This is one of the country's most well-known Catholic landmarks.

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