Thursday, July 22, 2010

Old Churches in Saigon pt. 2

More of the old churches in Vietnam.  This one is the most famous, the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.  It was completed 1880.  The total cost of construction at the time was 2,500,000 French francs.   

Exterior view of Saigon Notre-Dame cathedral

In 1960, the Vatican founded Roman Catholic dioceses in Vietnam and assigned archbishops to Hanoi, Huế and Saigon (archbichop's Saigon residence information to come soon). The cathedral was titled Saigon Chief Cathedral. In 1962, Vatican anointed the Saigon Chief Cathedral, conferred it basilique. From this time, this cathedral was called Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. The cathedral is open for public viewing daily.

Interior view of Saigon Notre-Dame cathedral

The entrance to the cathedral has an inscription in Latin.  The translation means "To God, the greatest and best.  Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate."

Inscription above entrance of Saigon Notre-Dame cathedral

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