Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral stands as a testament to the impact of the French culture and Christian civilization on Indochina. The neo-Romanesque red-brick cathedral was considered the most beautiful church in the French colonies at the time it was built (between 1877 and 1883). The two belfries, which were added in 1895, rise to the height of 60 m (190 ft). See some of the original stained-glass windows inside the entrance and the devotional tablets on interior walls. The cathedral was the center of media attention in 2005, when thousands of devotees flocked around the Virgin Mary statue that reportedly shed tears in front of the main entrance. Plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • I am not sure how we missed that there were renovations going on so all we got to see was the exterior. It was disappointing not to be inside. Under those circumstances, our visit was over in five min...  more »
  • Very beautiful cathedral, since from the outside (visiting hours + masses did not allow me to see the inside). Renovation in progress (outside). This is still a beautiful lady
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  • I visited the interior before, but it was under construction last year, and this year, the construction of the roof was covered by a blue sheet. It is a beautiful church, but I took a tour of the window from a taxi. When the construction is over and the beautiful church is seen, I will go out slowly.
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  • It’s a good attraction and also on the opposite side of another great attraction that is saigon post office. There’s no fee to see it . You can take great pictures and adjacent to it is a place where there’s a lot of pigeons fed by tourists. You will find a lot of people praying there. Both the attractions have no fee and are close enough. These are also a must see attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Amazingly beautiful! Even though it is under maintenance but we can see its charm from distance. A beautiful church located centrally next to the postal office. My friend had her wedding here and I luckily saw the interior. It was amazingly reserved. A top tourist attraction place in the South of Vietnam. Best time to come is early morning 6-8am when the city is quiet or sunshine. You will see flares
  • Good to check along with the post office but as we have original one in Europe, nothing special for us. On the other hand must see if you are from outside of Europe. Along with the post office is unique architecture. We was visiting at February of 2019 and at the moment it is under reconstruction so you will not be able to see it in best view at the moment.
  • One of the most visited tourist attractions of Ho Chi Minh city. It is just opposite another tourist attraction which is the Post Office. The whole area is good for spending 1-2 hours walking around and trying local food.
  • Only reason the cathedral gets 4 stars is because it was closed for renovation during my visit in December 2018. Fortunately, they had poster size photos of the interiors on fencing surrounding the building. The exterior of the church is really beautiful and they had a very nice Nativity set in front of the church for the Christmas season. I look forward to returning one day to see the fully renovated cathedral! Worth your time when visiting HCM city.
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