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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  • We only got to be outside to take photos. A lovely old building though with an open space in front that had beautiful flowers growing. Closed for renovations currently.  more »
  • Not a huge church fan, but this church was in good order and was set on well kept grounds. Sadly there was a funeral and we could only look inside from the front gate.  more »
  • Although one side of the cathedral seems to be under construction, the front part with the large Virgin Mary is very pretty. I would definitely recommend a stop by to look at the architecture of this ...  more »
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  • Notre Dam cathedral. The place is considered as the most beautiful French Gothic architecture in Vietnam. Inside I did enjoyed the craving at the entrance, stunning stained glass, ornate ceiling, several paintings and statues. It is a chill place to visit its history, good for potential picture taken and the entrance is free. The place only open during weekends.
  • UNDERGOING REPAIRS on 19/01/2018 I was very keen to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral during my visit to Saigon. After checking in to the nearby Oscar Saigon Hotel my wife and I walked up the short distance of about a kilometre from the hotel to the cathedral. However to my dismay, the cathedral was closed to visitors as there are extensive repairs being carried out. I had to be satisfied with a view of the cathedral from outside. I was told that it may be open to worshippers on Sunday 20th. Unfortunately it was not. The statue of Virgin Mary in the garden in front of the cathedral is blissful. It is said to have performed a miracle in shedding tears in 2005. People still come here in the hope of seeing this miracle all over again! I am told that this cathedral had been built by the French with all the material required having been brought from France. The outer bricks still maintain their original colour. The bell towers are tall and said to be about 58 metres. This is one of the few strongholds of Catholicism in a largely Buddhist Vietnam. I wish I could have ventured in. Hopefully I would visit Ho Chi Ming City Again! The road between the cathedral and the nearby old post office is a lively place. I found girls modelling on the road!! However though I would wish to give a higher rating, it would not be fair as I could not go inside. The three star rating is for the Virgin Mary statue!
  • One of the famous Land mark of the Hochiminh city. Good location near many book store and hochiminh central post office. But these day, cathedral is under construction. You can not go inside. All you can do is a taking photo outside.
  • Very beautiful cathedral in heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The post office is also across the street so definitely worth combining a visit to these two. Down east further is the Vincom center and further along that the Saigon Centre. Also nearby is the Independence palace. They had a neat nativity scene while we were there in December
  • It's beautiful on the outside but can't imagine how's inside since I don't get the criteria to enter. There was a mass going on when I wanted to visit it but the people at the entrance told me not to. The old post office is next to it and also a nice viet book alley.

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