Situated right in the heart of Hochiminh thành phố is the most famous landmark as well as core Cathedral of the city, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral (translated as “Nhà thờ Đức Bà sử dụng Gòn).

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Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Notre-Dame Basilica khổng lồ be exact, is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietnam. It is a magnificient building located at the paris Square in Hochiminh đô thị downtown, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture và a sacred atmosphere.

Historical story

Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 & 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of over 58 meters (190 feet). Following the French conquest of Cochinchina và Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community và religious services for French colonialists.

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The first church was built on Rue 5 (today’s Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church. In 1959, Bishop Joseph Pham Van Thien, whose jurisdiction included Saigon parish, attended Holy Mother Congress held in Vatican & ordered a Peaceful Notre Dame statue made with hoa cương in Rome. When the statue arrived in Saigon, on February 16th, 1959, Bishop Pham Van Thien held a ceremony to lớn install the statue on the empty base và presented the title of “Regina Pacis”. It was Bishop Pham Van Thien who wrote the prayers “Notre-Dame bless the peace lớn Vietnam”. On the following day, Cardinal Aganianian came from Rome khổng lồ chair the closing ceremony of the Holy Mother Congress & solemnly chaired the ceremony for the statue, thus the cathedral was then-on called Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Honored Basilica Status

The cathedral boasts its honored status as a Basilica consecrated tens of years ago. In 1960, the Vatican founded a Roman Catholic dioceses in Vietnam & assigned archbishops to lớn Hanoi, Huế & Saigon. Notre-Dame cathedral was titled Saigon Chief Cathedral. Yet, in 1962, Vatican anointed the Saigon Chief Cathedral, conferred it basilique in honor of the tri-cenetary of the Bishopric of Saigon. Since then, this cathedral was called Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, which has enhanced its value và absorbed hundreds of thousands of catholics as well as international tourists to pay a visit.

The special architectural style

Apart from the religious meaning that attracts tourists, the even more special captivating point of Notre-Dame Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. During its construction, all its red bricks were imported from Marseilles and colored glass windows made in France’s Chartres Province, France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France (perhaps stating the locality where the tiles were produced). Some tiles were carved with the words “Wang-Tai Saigon.” Many tiles have since been made in Saigon to replace the broken tiles caused by war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres province in France. The cathedral foundation was designed lớn bear 10 times the weight of the cathedral. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. On a whole, the neo-Romanesque architecture and two 58m-high square towers tipped with iron spires dominate the city’s sky line, creating a beautiful religious site!

Weekly Service Schedule

Full services in both Vietnamese và English are held every Sunday morning and are well attended by Vietnamese & foreigners alike. Other services are held throughout the week. Hence, visitors who wish to attend mass should go on Sunday at 9.30a.m.

Set amidst the active và continuously moving Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral is considered a stop for seekers of old beauties & calmness as well as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ho chi Minh city. For those who wish to lớn ease their mind from stresses of daily life và immerse in tranquil atmosphere of religious buildings, touring this diversified đô thị under religious theme will give you the perfect chance khổng lồ explore the religions, the architecture và the cultural meanings lying behind well-known religious places in Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral (Catholic), Thien Hau Pagoda và Emperor Pagoda (Buddhism), Mariamman Hindu temple (Hindu)…