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St Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi
(3.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This church is located in a more quiet, less crowded section of the Old Quarter, only a few blocks away from Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm). It's design is reminiscent of Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris). ...  more »
  • It looks extremely beautiful just from the outside. We loved the view, and the design of the building, we were actually shocked to see such an old building in Hanoi 
  • We ended our Vietnam trip with a morning walk to St. Joseph's Cathedral and spent some time in the church, with the parishioners reciting the rosary in Vietnamese (such peace). The church is beautiful...  more »
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  • The priest here does not speak English. He speaks Vietnamese and French. As a Christian, I have no problem believing in Jesus Christ, but I was not warmly welcomed. I have met believers of LDS who are more open hearted than these guys. The place is beautiful. I also had the problem of getting locked in. True believers know the Truth in their heart. There is no need to visit this place, unless you are so in need of God's Grace, and even then you will be lucky if they speak to you personally. The true temple is the body. Peace.
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  • A must-see place of Hanoi. Near old quarter and many other interesting places, the old, ancient and peaceful cathedral have been one of the symbols of Hanoi.
  • Construction began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi
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