Vietnam

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Though a non-Catholic, I have always been an admirer of Catholic Church since young. It was made more so when I had the chance to go Paris of France and stand in awe of  the 400-year old historic church, Notre Dame Cathedral.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

This is the awesome Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Years later, here I am at another historic architecture.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon (now renamed Ho Chi Minh city)was constructed by the French between 1863-1880, with building materials imported from France. Inside, the beautiful French architecture is awesome. At the front of the Cathedral stands the statue of Virgin Mary, a popular photography spot. The church is opened to the public, but do take note of the opening and closing time, during non service hour, no entry is allowed. I was disallowed to enter in my first visit due to wrong timing.

Map of Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon – a video collection

Attached is a photo-music clip on Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon generously shared by Walid Haddad. The complete set of photos were taken by the author himself. It is probably the most complete short video I had seen on the Cathedral. The background music is taken from Gregorian Chant – Abbey of Saint-Maurice. Song name: Salve festa dies.

Walid Haddad has more interesting video on Vietnam. Go, take a look at his great collections!http://whaddad.deviantart.com/

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

The famous Cathedral was built between 1863-1880 by a French architect named J. Bourad. All materials for the Cathedral was imported from France.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Catherdral, Saigon

The Cathedral is a favourite attraction for wedding photography.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

For photography, it is best to come during the non service hours, as most tour guides would rush their groups during the service hour to allow them to have an insight look of its interior.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

The twin towers rises almost 200 feets into the sky, so prominent that no passer-by could ignore it.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

Above picture: Well, that’s me.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

The red bricks made the Cathedral rather prominent in the busy district. The bricks was imported from Marseille, France.The twin bell towers were added to the Cathedral in 1895, some 18 years after its construction. The Cathedral was one of the main tourist attraction, regardless of one’s religious preference, no one could ignore it.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon
This is probably Ho Chi Minh City most popular tourists attraction beside the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Notre Dame Cathedral
No buildings in Ho Chi Minh city was constructed with the prominent red bricks.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral

 Peaceful and somber inside, the Cathedral was the first stop of visit for many tourists in Ho Chi Minh city. The Gothic and Roman-style architecture makes the Cathedral looks awesome.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Wondering how much tears were shed here and how many  prayers were said here during the bloody Vietnam War which lasted almost 20 years from 1955-1975.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

It was said that in 2005, the statue of the Virgin Mary shed tears, which was quickly denied by the Church.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

Take note of the opening time displayed at the entrance. In my first visit I was denied entry due to the service hours.

SAM_3584Lots of street vendors retailing souvenirs outside the Cathedral. Go take a closer look, their paper cutting skills is magical.

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