The Cathedral of St. Joseph was opened on Christmas Day, 1886. It was built over the former Bao Thien tower, which was standing during the Ly dynasty of the 11th and 12th centuries when the area was the ancient capital of Thang Long. A ritual ceremony dedicated to Jesus Christ is held in this cathedral every year on March 19.
St Joseph's Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) is one of the French Quarter's oldest buildings and Hanoi's only Gothic structure. It is a very impressive cathedral which dominates the short traditional Vietnamese buildings of the surrounding area.
It was built by the French in 1886, and resembles the cathedrals which you would see in Europe. The front of the cathedral has many steps and provide a good resting place for us during our walking exploration of Hanoi :)
After hours of dodging motorbikes and site seeing, it was nice to step inside St Joseph’s Cathedral. I was pleasantly surprised to see the intricately detailed altar.
Was I still in Vietnam? The sounds of honking motorbikes outside sent me back to reality!
This is one of the awesome looking cathedrals within walking distance from Hanoi Old Quarter. It is very near Hang Bong Street where all the glamorous boutiques are located.
Do say a confession prayer if you have already overspend on your shopping. If you have not done the shopping, you can say a prayer to resist temptation on those silks products. It helps!!!
I’m just kidding! You can go ahead and spend on purchase that you think is worthwhile. You don’t have to refrain you desire on those beautiful things. I spend almost USD200 here.
We only viewed this neo-Gothic cathedral from the outside on one of our wanders through the Old Quarter. I had wanted to go in...but you know how things get away from you when traveling...so many things to do!
Anyway...there is supposed to be a great altar and beautiful stained glass windows. From the outside it looked very gloomy and dismal...or maybe that was just my view...being a fallen catholic and all...
The main gates are open at 5am-7am & 5pm-7pm
This neo-Gothic cathedral was constucted in the early 1880's. Part financed by two lotteries, upon first glance you'll notice the exterior is quite worn and in need of some work.
To go inside, go to the left side of the church and walk it's length to the door at the left hand side corner. Upon entering the first thing that drew my attention was the high-vaulted interior and the quite wonderful stained-glass windows. (French originals).
There are other points of interest; one of which is a marble tomb where the previous cardinal of Viet Nam was buried in 1990.
Worth a visit for the stained-glass windows and high-vaulted interior. (You are permitted to take photograph's inside).
It's a neo-gothic tall grey buiding strategically stationed facing west side of Pho Nha Tho. When you are doing the Old Quarters walk, you will be sure to see it. We did not enter the Church.
Facts about St Joseph Cathedral
* inaugurated in 1886
* square towers, elaborated altar and stained-glass windows
* structure is of medieval Europe
This neo-gothic cathedral built in the late-1800s is situated in the city's Old Quarter. If only the church has been well maintained and perhaps given a fresh coat of paint, it may not look out of place in France, with its unmistakable French-influenced architecture, especially the square towers.
Cathedrals are not such a common sight in SEAsia, but neo-Gothic St Joseph's proudly stands in central Hanoi, its square towers dominating its small square and is surrounded by the yellow colonnial buildings of the Diocese of Hanoi. Sundays see the interior full to overflowing as there is a high number of catholics in Hanoi (as you can see in the cathedral parking lot!)
Saint Joseph's Cathedral also known as Hanoi Cathedral. This Catholic cathedral was completed in 1887. It was closed in 1975 upon reunification of Vietnam, and was not reopened until 1985. The church itself has a striking presence with its two large square towers and can be visited any day of the week.
If you need a break from the noise of Hanoi's streets then you should visit St. Joseph's Cathedral. It was completed in 1887 and is the main church in Hanoi. It was closed in 1975 upon reunification of Vietnam, and was not reopened until 1985. The building features a neo-gothic style of architecture with two rectangular towers providing striking features. It looks like a run down version of Notre Dame in Paris. Inside is an intricately detailed altar and stained windows featuring the saints.
Built by the French in the late 1880s, the Neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral is one of the least inspiring cathedrals to be found anywhere. The stained-glass windows, which are mostly French originals, are worth checking out. If the front door is locked, try the side entrance at 40 Nha Chung.
St. Joseph's cathedral is located at the end of Nha Tho where all the best boutiques, local craft stores and art galleries of Hanoi are. This cathedral was built in 1886 after the Nguyen King officially handed Hanoi over to the French. It is reminiscent of the Notre Dame in Paris.
This church was built in the 1880s and is in dire need of repainting. The area around this St. Joseph's Cathedral has many souvenir and art shops. We also found a large grocery store in this are that provided us a great, and inexpensive lunch.
This Catholic cathedral was completed in 1887, by Monseigneur Pigneau de Behaine, and is the oldest in the city. It was closed in 1975 upon reunification of Vietnam, and was not reopened until 1985. The neo-gothic style of the cathedral looks somewhat out of place in the busy and typically Vietnamese streets of Hanoi. The church itself has a striking presence with its two large square towers and its interior features some nice stained glass windows.