Iconic Saigon notre Dame Cathedral closed for renovation

Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most emblematic landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City, is currently being renovated. This massive restoration work is expected to take at least 2 years to complete.

Built between 1863 and 1880 during the French Indochina, it is the biggest church built by the French in Vietnam. This building highlights the influence of French architecture and Christian religion at that period. Due to time and climate, some parts of the cathedral had being falling apart for several years, especially the roof.

This renovation, financed by Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese, will include the interior and the outside walls of the cathedral. But the main part of the renovation will be conducted on the roof. Its 91m length is covered by 50,000 red tiles originating from Marseille  (South of France). The tricky part is to manage to source tiles similar to the original ones in order to keep the harmony of the building.

Until the end of the renovation the cathedral cannot be visited except during the time of the church services which take place in the weekend only.

Our evening tour will still include a stop by the Cathedral which remains one of the sights of HCMC, despite the presence of a blue gate that surrounds it.

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