Notre Dame Cathedral Description:
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is a 19th century Catholic church constructed for French colonists.
After the conquest of the area in 1864 under Napoleon III’s government, most of today’s Southern Vietnam became the French colony of Cochinchina. The colonists built a number of structures in French architectural styles over the course of their 85-year-rule. Most of these structures are found in Ho Chi Minh City’s centrally located District 1.
Built on the former sight of a Vietnamese pagoda, the Notre Dame Cathedral was constructed using materials imported from France. The church was completed in 1880 after three years of construction, and consecrated on Easter Sunday. A set of bell towers, complete with six bronze bells a piece, was installed in 1895 that still ring daily.
Best Time to Visit Notre Dame Cathedral:
From December to April, the dry season descends on Ho Chi Minh City, which is the best time to sightsee in the area. The wet season follows from May to November, and the extra rainfall helps dampen the higher temperatures that pervade this time of year.
How to get to Notre Dame Cathedral:
The Nortre Dame Cathedral of Ho Chi Minh City is centrally located in the French Colonial area called District 1. Guests on our luxury tours of Vietnam reach District 1 in a private, chauffeured vehicle along with their tour guide.
Notre Dame Cathedral Highlights:
The Notre Dame Cathedral is a stunning, and well preserved example of French colonial architecture. The red brick edifice is surprisingly well preserved despite the decades of conflict in the area, and there are even some excellent remaining stain glass windows inside well worth a view. It should not be missed while exploring downtown HCMC’s District 1.
Western-styles of clothing a generally excepted, but it’s best to err on the side of modesty when touring Catholic churches.