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 were disappointed at first when the guard said that it was closed but when we asked to attend the mass, there was no problem. As practicing Catholics, we really enjoyed the mass although it was dif...  more »
  • disappointed we did not get to go inside as this old church is closed for renovation. It looks nice from the outside but the entire place including grounds are closed  more »
  • I personally did not have a chance to go in, but i did get some nice pictures from the outside. I am Roman Catholic, but I really did not feel the need to go in. This trip was learning about our peopl...  more »
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  • Vibrant church community. English language mass on Sunday at 9:30am. The church interior is quite simple. The small side chapels with the many thanksgiving boards from decades ago are touching.
  • Beautiful church in the heart of Saigon. One of the oldest as well. From the front of the church, there is a devotional statue to Mary and usually many devotees are there during the day time. The church has 2 main steeples on each site and as you enter, the church as very high ceilings, and there is a feeling of awe. The main sitting area of the church is reserved only for worshipers, tourists can only admire from the small area by the entrance. It's a nice peaceful place to visit.
  • Gorgeous landmark in the heart of the city, it really stands out to the surrounding architecture. Unfortunately it was being renovated during our visit so there was no entry but it's still a fantastic sight to see.
  • Located at the heart of Ho Chi Minh's district, the Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see tourist spot in Vietnam. The church looks majestic in person. It is also accessible via walking if you are around or via Uber taxis which are genereally cheap.
  • Beautiful red brick church in district 1 Hochiminh city, close to the city post office. Good place to see old architecture patterns of the city.

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