"Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha Tho Duc Ba)" Notre Dame Cathedral Tip by xiquinho

Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City: 80 reviews and 170 photos

  Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha Tho Duc Ba)
by xiquinho

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1880, a French-era Catholic church with neo-Romanesque qualities. The church is composed of two main central bays with two side corridors where, in addition to more classic biblical images in stained glass, there is one of Chinese characters eulogising the Virgin Mary as well as portraits of Vietnamese believers amid Asiatic plants. Two 40 meter tall bell towers (with bells that still ring every day) had spires added in 1900 that were among the first things that travellers coming up the Saigon River could see as they neared the city. Many believed lightning striking one of the towers in the 1960's was a bad omen for the South Vietnamese government. In front of the church is a statue of the Virgin Mary looking down what was once the red light district of rue Catinat and is now clean, posh Dong Khoi Street.

Address: Dong Khoi, District 1
Directions: Located at the intersection of Dong Khoi and Le Duan Streets, next to the central General Post Office.
Phone: +84 8 3822 0477

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  • Written Oct 7, 2004
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