Saigon is the well-known tourist site for both domestic and international tourists. With the unique architecture, not only does it have the greatly historic value but also it has the ancient but modern beauty, Notre Dame Cathedral is the famous place tempting any tourists arriving to Saigon. With Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral is the must-to-go destination in Saigon because it has the unique design and perfectly central location.
Right after taking over Saigon, French colonists demanded to build the Cathedral to perform ceremony for catholics in Expeditionary army. The Cathedral was built on street 5 on the foundation of the untilled small pagoda of Vietnamese. Beside the purpose of ceremony performace for catholics, it is also to expand the Catholicism and French great civilization towards colonial people.
The Cathedral construction is 133 meters in length and 35 meters in width, including sanctum, round-shaped harem for choir, oratory and praying room. All are based on Roman and Gothic rituals. It means solemn and elegance.
Inside the Cathedral is the gorgeous and magnificient space like a palace with the wonderful effect of light. Stepping into the Cathedral is the feelings of peace and holy with typically remarkable details and furnitures like the palace in the fairy stories.
Standing in front of the Cathedral, noone is not impressed with the ancient but luxurious beauty because of every subtle details of this construction work. The construction is built symmetrically and the heght is gradually lower, in which the highest peak is the bell tower.
When it comes to the bell tower, it is the largest bell tower in Vietnam. In the middle of two bell towers, there is a clock which weighs more than 1 tons with complicated, bulky and sophisticated operation machine is installed under the roof top. Maybe thanks to this, although this clock was manufactured in 1887, until now, it operates exactly.
The symbol of Peace Madonna is in the central flower garden in front of Notre Dame Cathedral with the position of straight standing with the Cross-stcked globe in hands. The eyes of Madonna is looking towards the sky as if she is praying. This is not only the typical and proud symbol of Notre Dame Cathedral but also the attractive feature luring more and more tourists.
With the unique architecture in the center of Saigon, Notre Dame Cathedral is the pride of local people in particular and of Vietnamese in general. Tourists arrives at Notre Dame Cathedral both to sightsee the gorgeous and splendid beauty of the construction work by their eyes and to pray for their souls. This is also the ideal place for taking photos to keep as great memmories of visiting, wedding and even artistic value.
It can be said that this construction work has the great value on history and architectural arts. It is also the alive evidence for a historical period of Vietnamese. If domestic and international tourists arrive in Saigon, they definitely take a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral to enjoy its beauty.