Ho Chi Minh City has many unique Catholic churches that contribute to make Saigon become special. If you come here, do not forget to visit this architecture.
1. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral:
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the symbols of Saigon. The cathedral was started building in 1887 and inaugurated in 1880. The architecture was initiated by French Priest Isidore Colombert and built according to both Gothic and Roman architectural style. Until now, the cathedral has remained ancient character, having been the place of spirit activity and the sightseeing site of locals and foreigners.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is located at No 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
2. Saint Joseph Seminary of Saigon:
The Saint Joseph Seminary of Saigon is a great seminary in Saigon started building in 1863. The seminary has many beautiful and ancient buildings. This place has trained thousands of priests for the south of Vietnam for over 150 years. In particular, there is a very beautiful chapel built according to Gothic architecture style inside the seminary. In the present, many foreigners staying in Ho Chi Minh City usually come here to carry out ceremony.
Saint Joseph Seminary of Saigon is located at 6 Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
3. Nga Sau Church:
Nga Sau Church (Officially known as Church of Saint Jeanne d’Arc) is Catholic structure built in 1922. The Cathedral is designed according to Gothic architecture style but adding Asian architecture style. The Cathedral is built in Chinese area, the campus has many green trees. The front part is remarkable with bell tower and the back part is the long house for caring out ceremonies. Among streets full of sunshine, Nga Sau Cathedral is present as a beautiful highlight.
Nga Sau Cathedral is located at 16 A Hung Vuong Boulevard, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
4. Cha Tam Church:
Cha Tam Church (officially known as St. Francisco Javier Church) is inaugurated in 1902. This is the ancient church having Gothic architecture style, but decorated the same as Chinese temples. Chinese cultural element is shown through the three-arched-entrances gate, the name of the church, tile roofs. Especially, here is the final destination of President of the Republic of Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem.
Cha Tam is located at 25 Hoc Lac Street, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Hanh Thong Tay Church:
Hanh Thong Tay Church was donated by a son of a very rich farmer in South Vietnam. The church was built in 1921 according to Byzantine architecture style, imitating a cathedral in Ravenna, Italy. The campus of Hanh Thong Tay Church is rather extensive, which makes the church remarkable among the space of Saigon streets.
Hanh Thong Tay Cathedral is located at 53/7 Quang Trung Street, Ward 11, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City.
6. Tan Dinh Church:
Tan Dinh Church And Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral are 2 structures built very early with big size in Saigon. Outstanding character of the church is pink color covering all over the walls, both outside and inside. The pink color of Tan Dinh Church and the lovely name “rose church” give an interesting and fresh feeling. The church is mainly built according to Gothic architecture style, but some details are decorated according to Roman and Baroque style.
Tan Dinh Church is located at 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
The above is top 6 churches in Ho Chi Minh City which contribute to making the city become special. If you have a chance to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, do not forget to visit these place.