The Notre Dame Cathedral

The facade of the cathedral.

If you know the Notre Dame Cathedral of France, it has a sister in Vietnam. Given that Vietnam was under France’s rule, some of the building architecture in the city is based on the mother country. This one included.

It is very surreal to be in the presence of such church, even if it means that it’s just a copy. It is also the only Catholic church in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City. Isn’t that cool?

The inside.

The good thing inside the church is it does have a ‘fence’ where tourists who want to take photographs can stay. When you go inside the church itself, you can’t take pictures, you can only pray.

The altar looks good on the concave at the back of the church. It has a Vatican City feel to it. Plus, the light from the outside provides it with a natural spotlight as seen in the picture above.

The sides.

On the sides of the church are mini stalls where the Stations of the Cross are located. There are also Thank You messages from parishioners.

It would have been nice if we were able to attend mass. But, I guess, a prayer and a wish was enough. The earliest mass was 5:30 AM. It’s in Vietnamese and the only one available for our schedule. Too bad, we were so tired from the flight that we weren’t able to get out of bed in time.

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2 thoughts on “The Notre Dame Cathedral

    1. I really wanted to attend mass. But we were able settle inside the hotel at around 2 AM. That means, I would only have 2 hours of sleep if I were to attend mass. But, it was a good thing that our tour guide let us stay for quite some time so I was able to say a prayer.

      Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

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