Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral – symbol of Saigon city

Constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists, besides the target of making ceremonies for Catholic prayers, this church is also aimed at showing off the Catholic and the great civilization of French government on Vietnamese colonial people. It took many years for this church to be transformed, improved and become the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon nowadays.

In front of the cathedral stands a Virgin Mary statue, which is said to have shed tears in 2005, causing thousands of people to stop around the Basilica. Amidst an active and continuously moving Saigon today, the French-influenced design of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral still acts as a stop for people who seek for old beauties and calmness. Not only followers keep praying under candle lights in front of Virgin Mary statue every day but tourists and local people also come there to discover the true soul of the city. The cathedral looks most beautiful in daylight, together with the smiles of couples coming to take photograph and record movies, especially for wedding.

Regarding the architecture of this church, you will be amazed at the decoration as well as the inside design: Its foundation is designed particularly to be able to load 10 times of the cathedral’s capacity. From outside overview, you can see the bright red color of the refined brick wall, which has not been covered with moss for hundred years. These bricks was totally brought from France, or there are 56 colored glass plates on the wall to portray characters and events in the Holy Bible. These glass plates reflect the light and create a magnificent beauty. There are 31 air holes on the wall in flower shape, looks like a carpet of flowers. There are 25 windows assembled by multi-color glasses. The light system inside the Cathedral is operated by electricity from the beginning, not by candle. On daytime, it is illuminated by the sunlight via colored glass windows and via air holes.

Most of these features are the two bell towers, which was built in 1895, with the height of 57 m. In 1920, they added the crucifix on every bell tower with height of 3.5m, width of 2m. The total height calculated from the earth to the crucifix is 60.5m. The bell tower has 6 bells with total weight of 25,850 kg, which was the biggest bell at that time, made sound of G, A, B, C, D and E musical notes. Looking from the outside, you can see the Female bell chamber, which located the biggest bell and 3 smaller bells. On the left side is the Female bell chamber hung up two rest bells.

Although the Notre-Dame Cathedral was built more than hundred years ago, it will stand here as a lively historical monument of Vietnam’s religion. The foreign and domestic tourists cannot miss visiting this place, especially at Christmas Eve night; the area was crowded by thousands of people where eventful carnivals are held, attracting the attention of many tourists from all over the world. It would be great if we combine the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral with Cu Chi tunnel in Saigon day trips with Apro Travel.