Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, located in a very peaceful picturesque corner in the downtown of Sai Gon city, is one of neo-Romanesque architectural marvels including the all-red brick facade, stained glass windows, two bell towers containing six bronze bells that still ring to this day.
Go round the architecture with student tour Vietnam
With all building materials imported from France, walls around the cathedral was built with bricks from Marseille. Although the outside was coated without concrete, these bricks have retained their bright and lively red color until today. The total cost was 2,500,000 French francs (at that time price). On 7th October 1877, Bishop Isidore Colombert laid the first stone to start out construction of the cathedral, it took three years to complete with the name of State Cathedral due to the source of the construction funds.
Bricks come from Marseille port – student tour Vietnam
Admire the bell towers with student tour Vietnam
In 1895, two bell towers were added to the cathedral, each 57.6 m high with six bronze bells with the total weight of 28.85 metric tones. The crosses were installed on the top of each tower of 3.5 m high, 2 m wide, 600 kg in weight. The total height of the cathedral to the top of the Cross is 60.5 m.
Together student tour Vietnam to visit the statue in front of Cathedral
In the flower garden in front of the cathedral, there was a bronze statue of Pigneau de Behaine (also called Bishop of Adran) leading Prince Cảnh, the son of Emperor Gia Long by his right hand. The statue was made in France. In 1945, the statue was removed, but the foundation remains. In 1959, Bishop Joseph Pham Van Thien, whose jurisdiction included Saigon parish, attended the Marian Congress held in Vatican and ordered a statue of Our Lady of Peace made with granite in Rome. When the statue arrived in Sai Gon on 16th February 1959, Bishop Pham Van Thien held a ceremony to install the statue on the empty base and presented the title of "Regina Pacis". The next day, Cardinal Agagianian came from Rome to chair the closing ceremony of the Marian Congress and solemnly chaired the ceremony for the statue, thus the cathedral was then-on called Notre-Dame Cathedral.
In front of the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral – student tour Vietnam
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica – student tour Vietnam
In 1962, the Vatican conferred the Cathedral status as a basilica. Since this time, this cathedral is called Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
Located in No.1 Cong xa Paris St., District 1; the best time to visit is during Sunday mass at 09:30. Entrance is free and visitors can attend masses easily at weekend./.
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