Notre Dame Cathedral – The ultimate Christmas destination for Saigon’s youth

Along with famous landmarks such as the City Post Office, Diamond Plaza,… Notre Dame Cathedral is considered a symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the heart of District 1 of Saigon, Notre Dame Cathedral is famous for its ancient Western-style architecture. This is definitely a place to attract domestic and foreign tourists when coming to magnificent Saigon, especially during Christmas.

About Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral, officially known as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is located at the Paris Commune Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Notre Dame Cathedral was built according to the project of architect J. Bourard in 1877 and completed after 3 years of construction. The architecture of the church is imbued with ancient French architecture with a spacious and airy space from the inside of the Cathedral to the outside.

Architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral has a modified Roman architectural style mixed with Gothic, with characteristic round arches. On the facade of the building, there is a round door and a clock like a window, but inside is a massive movement weighing more than 1 ton.

When visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, visitors will be impressed by the two bell tower architectural blocks soaring right in front of the work. When it was first built, the bell tower had no roof and was only 36.6m high. Later, after being repaired, the bell tower was renovated and built with a spire (1895) and became the bell tower of the tallest church in Vietnam (57.6m).

The center of the campus in front of the cathedral is the area where young people are very enthusiastic to check-in. With a beautiful space and unique architecture, this is definitely a place you must take photos when visiting Notre Dame.

Suggest some fun places near Notre Dame Cathedral

After visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, you can visit some nearby places:

  • Turtle Lake
  • Independence Palace
  • Vietnam History Museum
  • Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Delicious food near Notre Dame Cathedral

Visitors to this place can enjoy street snacks near Notre Dame Cathedral:

  • Crab soup: This divine crab soup shop has existed for more than 20 years, the soup is extremely delicious and quality, the price is too high for students.
  • Saigon Coffee: The city’s signature iced milk coffee named after Uncle
  • In addition, there are still many famous dishes such as beef dry salad, fried dough, spring rolls, …

Notre Dame Cathedral deserves to be an architectural masterpiece, a typical work contributing to the urban appearance of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City. Do not hesitate to come with your loved one or family to Notre Dame Cathedral this Christmas. There are a lot of events going on, you won’t be disappointed for sure!!

Hope the article will help you have a complete and fun trip!

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