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SaigonNotre-Dame Cathedral

SaigonNotre-Dame Cathedral

SaigonNotre-Dame Cathedral is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City. It was constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French, and reaches a height of up to 60 meters.

Location and History

Ask any local people about the location of the city’s center or its symbol, the answerwould definitely be Ben Thanh Market or Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral (officiallyBasilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception). While the market stands ata modern and crowded corner of the business district, the ancient cathedral islocated in a very peaceful picturesque corner in the downtown of Ho Chi MinhCity.

Constructedbetween 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists, following their conquest of thecity, the building reaches a height of up to 60m. Bishop Lefevre put the firststone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. Initially, it was calledSaigon Church. The name Notre-Dame Cathedral was given after Bishop Pham VanThien held a ceremony to install the statue of Peaceful Notre Dame, made withgranite from Rome, in 1959. In 1962, Vatican anointed it as Saigon ChiefCathedral conferred it basilique. Since this time, this cathedral is calledSaigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.

Thecathedral’s address is No. 1 Cong truong Cong xa Paris St., right at theintersection of Pham Ngoc Thach St, Le Duan St and Cong xa Paris St.

How to get there

Of course, there should be no worry about how to get there as the route is easy and almost everyone can give tourists guidance. Entrance is free and visitorscan attend masses easily at weekend.

·        Location: Ho Chi Minh City

·        Best for: Family, couple, solo

·        Entrance: Free

·        Hours: You can visit whenever you wantexcept for the lunch break

·        Tips: The Mass Times are:5:3017:00 on Monday to Saturday. 5:306:309:3016:0017:1518:30 on Sunday.

                                                   


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