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Monday, November 5, 2012

Vietnam . Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica . 胡志明市圣母大教堂 "Chapter 4"

One of the most Historical and must visit place is Saigon Norte-Dame Basilica Church, or you can call it
Vương cung thánh đường Đức Bà Sài Gòn or Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn in Vietnamese, French word would be Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon), officially Basilica is the Lady of The Immaculate Conception, it is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

Following the French conquest of Cochinchina and Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community and religious services for French colonialists. The first church was built on today's Ngo Duc Ke Street. There had been a Vietnamese pagoda, which had been abandoned during the war. Bishop Lefevre decided to make this pagoda a church.
The first church was too small. Thus, in 1863, Admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner canal (Kinh Lớn). Lefevre put the first stone for construction of the church on 28 March 1863. The construction was completed two years later and was called "Saigon Church". When the wooden church was damaged by termites, all church services were held in the guest-chamber of the French Governor's Palace. This palace would later be turned into a seminary until the Notre-Dame Cathedral was completed.
After the design competition, bids were accepted for construction. Again, J. Bourad was the successful bidder and became supervisor of constructions.

Because it is a same construction been designed and supervise by the same creator J. Bourad, so it's not surprise that it look quite a similar to the one located in Paris which call by the name of Norte Dame Cathedral de Paris.  

All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France (perhaps stating the locality where the tiles were produced). Some tiles are carved with the words "Wang-Tai Saigon". Many tiles have since been made in Ho Chi Minh City to replace the tiles that were damaged by the war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres province in France. The cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral.

Quite number of local police forces are guarding across the street, they are quite friendly and willing to help the tourist in any form of need specially if you want to cross the busy street. 

We were late when we reached here, and we are not allowed to enter the church. The church is close at 4 pm everyday, with no choice we just only can walk around at outside of the church. By walking surrounding the church we basically attracted by this amazing structure... Although the whole building did not use any coated concrete, so it is still retained in red until today. 

This is the side door of the church, everything is still very well maintain... 

Many people like to have their pre wedding shooting over here, perhaps the atmosphere of Holy will protect them and give them the best bless.

Will be continuing with the Chapter of The Center Post Office of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

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