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St Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi

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Landmark Religious Site
Explore a Catholic spiritual haven designed in the Neo-Gothic style at St Joseph Cathedral. Built more than 120 years ago with stone slabs and bricks, the structure resembles Notre Dame in Paris and represents one of earliest structures erected by the French colonialists. As you arrive at the site, notice the two square-shaped towers, each fitted with five bells. Inside, observe arched windows fitted with stained glass, and notice how the vaulted ceiling resembles those constructed in medieval Europe. Expect limited visiting hours, especially during religious ceremonies. Put St Joseph Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hanoi travel itinerary planner.
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  • The cathedral is in very bad shape, needs to be taken care of. Light resemblance with the Notre Dame de Paris.  more »
  • We visited the Catholic Cathedral on a Sunday evening and I can only say it was a heartwarming experience. The music and singing during the Mass were of the highest order. People mull in an out during...  more »
  • The structure of the cathedral stands majestic in the surrounding of low-rise shophouses. Be sure to dressed appropriately when visiting; no shorts allowed.  more »
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  • Sunday Mass in French @ 1030. First time attending a different language mass.. it's accorded to the normal mass elsewhere but only is in French.. An interesting and different experience.
  • Impressive building with huge painting on the front. Worth a visit to see. Only opens for mass service which is said in french
  • Beautiful place. Opens to public. Worth a visit.
  • Neo-Gothic designed cathedral. Very impressive but also a little bit scary when you have batophobia like me. Haha. I didn't see the inside but the facade was super stunning.
  • Stunning building and incredibly well looked after. The interior is wow! And I'm not even religious.