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

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Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Notre-Dame Basilica lớn be exact, is a famous age-long cathedral in Southern Vietphái nam. It is a magnificient building located at the paris Square in Hochiminh City 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 và 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 & religious services for French colonialists.


The first church was built on Rue 5 (today’s Ngo Duc Ke Street). This had been a Vietnamese pagodomain authority, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided lớn make this pagoda a church. In 1959, Bicửa hàng Joseph Pham mê Van Thien, whose jurisdiction included Saigon parish, attended Holy Mother Congress held in Vatican và ordered a Peaceful Notre Dame statue made with hoa cương in Rome. When the statue arrived in Saigon, on February 16th, 1959, Bisiêu thị Pđắm đuối Van Thien held a ceremony lớn install the statue on the empty base và presented the title of “Regimãng cầu Pacis”. It was Bicửa hàng Pđắm say Van Thien who wrote the prayers “Notre-Dame bless the peace to lớn Vietnam”. On the following day, Cardinal Aganianian came from Rome to lớn chair the closing ceremony of the Holy Mother Congress và 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 và assigned archbishops lớn Hanoi, Huế and 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 & absorbed hundreds of thousands of catholics as well as international tourists to pay a visit.

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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 sầu 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 sầu since been made in Saigon to lớn 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 khổng lồ 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 and English are held every Sunday morning and are well attended by Vietnamese và foreigners alượt thích. Other services are held throughout the week. Hence, visitors who wish khổng lồ attkết thúc mass should go on Sunday at 9.30a.m.

Set amidst the active and continuously moving Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral is considered a stop for seekers of old beauties và 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 thành phố under religious theme will give sầu you the perfect chance lớn explore the religions, the architecture và the cultural meanings lying behind well-known religious places in Ho Chi Minc city such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral (Catholic), Thien Hau Pagodomain authority and Emperor Pagoda (Buddhism), Mariamman Hindu temple (Hindu)…