Notre Dame Cathedral – Roman Catholics in Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral is located in a very peaceful picturesque corner in the downtown of Saigon. This ancient church is the most famous landmark as well as core Cathedral of the city, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, otherwise known as Nha Tho Duc Ba Saigon, sits at 1st  Cong Truong Cong Xa Paris Street, between two streams of traffic and right opposite the Saigon Central Post Office


The first version of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built on today's Ngo Duc Ke Street. There had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. The last church was too small. Notre-Dame Cathedral to be actual is a famous age-long cathedral in Vietnam’s Southern

It is a magnificent building located at the Paris Square in Ho Chi Minh (another name of Saigon), attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere.Established exclusively with materials imported from France, it is one of the most popular spots must see in Saigon for tourists, along with Ben Thanh Market and the Independent Palace

The cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of over 58 meters (190 feet). At this time, it was the most beautiful ceremonial building in the French colonies, not only a religious flagship, but also imposing the French influence in Indochina. The red bricks retain their color until today. Back then they were unique and marveled upon by the locals. Broken tiles and bricks have been replaced with local material from Vietnam. Following the French conquest of Cochin China (Nam Kỳ) and Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community and religious services for an invader. 

In 2005, the statue of the virgin Mary located out front the gate supposedly shed tears, according to eyewitnesses, although the Catholic Church refused this event. But whether the Vatican approved of it or not, the alleged miracle caused such a huge violet that the traffic jam could only be dissolved by police intervention

                        Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is a great location for wedding

Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is a great location for wedding or yearbook photos. Around the red brick wall traveler often see teams of photographers with wedding couples, the brides either in European white dresses, Asian red dresses or traditionally Vietnamese: in the red áo dài. Especially, Saigon Notre-Dame cathedral looks most beautiful in daylight, together with the smiles of couples coming to take photograph and record movies, especially for the wedding. During November to December, crowd of Vietnamese student in traditional dress, ao dai, shooting for yearbook at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Absolutely it's hard to miss the church's twin towers projecting into the sky for some 60 meters

The Notre Dame Cathedral is located within walking distance from the Saigon Central Post Office and the shopping center Diamond Plaza. It is also a good place to take a stroll through 30-4 Park towards the Reunification Palace of Saigon is the best interesting nearby traveler should come.