Tan Dinh Catholic Church (Officially known as Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) located at 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the Catholic churches contributing into making a special Saigon. Traveling to Saigon, you do not spend the time visiting the church, which is a regrettable thing.
Tan Dinh Church and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral are 2 architectures built very early and have a big size in Saigon. Tan Dinh Church is built in 1870. In 1929, the church is enlarged, added one bell tower with the height of 52,60m. The church has a classical Roman architectural style. That special architecture style and the fresh pink coat in Saigon sunshine make a splendid beauty.
Tan Dinh Church is made of Italian marble. Standing from outside side to look at, tourist will see 1 bell tower and 2 extra towers. The bell tower has 4 floors. On the second floor, there is a very big clock. The cross with the height of 3m put on the top made from bronze makes a highlight of the church. Two sides of 2 extra towers are corridor rows having tile roofs. All the tops of doors and windows have half moon shape.
Stepping into the church, tourists will see the space divided into 3 compartments by big round pillar rows and the ceiling has a dome shape. This place is for Christians kneeling to pray and sitting to listen to explain Catholic books. On the steps is Saint Palace where the statues of Jesus Christ and Saints are put. Going back and up the main tower, tourists will see 5 bells with the weight of 5.5 tons carved very skillful.
From color to architecture, Tan Dinh Catholic Church makes a fresh and peaceful feeling for tourists. Coming to Saigon, you should not miss visiting a church contributing into making a special Saigon.
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