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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  • A French built Cathedral dated 1877 and built with materials imported all the way from France. Doesn't quite have that grandiose appearance but I guess in its day it would have been something else. Vi...  more »
  • It's just a cathedral and nothing special comparing with European counterparts. Perhaps if you're visiting from an Asian country or a place where Christian religions are less prominent it would be wor...  more »
  • Come here, and many saw a bride and groom. When she saw a 1 second set, I thought, 10 more couples to witness the all the excitement has gone cold.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • As of Christmas 2017, the church is under construction and closed to the public. Google Maps should reflect this The scaffolding outside essentially make it nearly impossible to photograph. And yeah, you can't go inside. Hopefully it reopens soon, as it appears to be in rather good condition from the outside.
  • It was a once in a lifetime moment. I have read about this place. I have read novels that mentioned it, seen it in movies and television shoes. It's beautiful. I could have spent a day here walking and touching the building. The architecture of the building is unbelievable. The artwork, sculptures are amazing.
  • The special corner of Saigon that makes it a "Western Pearl in Asia". And of course, this is my most favourite place that keeps me eager about Saigon Christmas. Wherever I'd go, I can't miss the Christmas in Saigon, the most blessing period of the year to spend with your beloved ones.

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