Saturday, September 11, 2010

notre dame church

"without the motorbikes passing by Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, you might say you're in France" they would say. undoubtedly yes because almost all the materials used in building this church was imported from France and was completed in the Easter day of 1880.
it's a relaxing walk coming from Reunification Palace along Le Duan street because of the park filled with trees and its wide green lawn. parallel to this street is Han Thuyen and Alexandre de Rhodes which has a number of restaurants and establishments.
the street surrounding the cathedral is named Cong xa Paris and is definitely one of the nicest area that we've been in Ho Chi Minh. wide and spacious streets and the beautiful sidewalk. perfect for cycling or jogging.
the structure was designed by architect J. Bourad after winning the bid over 17 other proposed designs in 1876. the cathedral's original bricks from France though were replaced when it was damaged during the war.
now stands as a symbol of Christianity in Vietnam and as a French colonial city but with the many motorbikes around the place, it still gives it a touch of Saigon.

island: Greater Asia
city: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location
10^ 46' 37.64" N
106^ 41' 43.77" E

escape rate:
church location: 4.0
church facade: 4.0
church area: 4.5
church history: 4.0

21 comments:

Photo Cache said...

some of the design styling of this cathedral has similarities with other churches i've seen around the sfo area. i'm sure there are still lingering influence of french colonization in vietnam up to now.

bertN said...

I saw the Notre Dame Cathedrals in Paris and the one in Saigon and they do have strong similarities.

Maria A. Jose said...

I'd love to live in a neighborhood like that. Parang ang chillax. :)

The church is sooo pretty.

stevevhan said...

Wow, i like the architectural design of the Church!:)

ellen joy belmonte santos said...

Ganda ng place, i will include that on my future travel.Ipon muna ako

Redlan said...

ganda rin pala ng vietnam. malinis tingnan at meron din silang mga magagandang simbahan

Mokong™ said...

As a civil engineer, alam ko kung ano at hindi maganda pagdating sa architectural design, but this structure...AWESOME!
Pag hindi ako nakahanap ng new work ko sa SG, plano ko na ngayon sa Vietnam ako maghahanap!

Sidney said...

Indeed...it could be France.
I always find it stunning the energy that is used to bring all those materials from another continent.

Borneo Falcon said...

Nice shot of the church and the motorcycle. Somehow they blend quite well to give an overall impression of the country

atticus said...

ganda sa kanila ano? at makikita ang sipag nila dahil lahat, nagtatrabaho. at higit sa lahat, ang sarap ng amoy ng kanin, kahit iyong tinda sa sidewalk. inggit.

gillboard said...

nice looking church. but i think it's got nothing against the ones we have here in the country.

Lawstude said...

the church looked so awesome. predominantly buddhist ba ang vietnam?

ni├▒abonitanggala said...

an awesome church indeed!..

Chyng said...

ansarap ng pagka-wide ng camera mo! captured lahat. i remebered i tried many angles pero di talaga kasya sa kitlens ko...
amazing ka, as always.

docgelo said...

i like the second picture the most.

...enjoy your tokyo trip, dom.
savor the freshest sushi and sashimi for me; i miss ginza, shibuya, shinagawa, yurakucho, asakusa and more! i so envy you. haha =) pasalubong ha; gusto ko dslr from akihabara, LOL!... naamoy ko may pakontest ka after.

Luna Miranda said...

the French influence is definitely seen in Vietnam. it's an amazing contrast to the Vietnamese culture. love th brick walls of this cathedral, and yes, the facade is similar the Notre Dame in Paris. excellent shots.

Bengbeng said...

i laughed when i read the first para bcoz I tot the first pic was in France before reading :)

pusang kalye said...

the brown version of Baguio Cathedral or say---this is the combination of Baguio Cathedral and the catholic church in Sagada.hehe

nuts said...

and your series just changed my view about vietnam. parang tahimik naman pala at sarap mamasyal.

Sendo said...

wow....parang travel around the world ka pala sir? parang nasa france nga...weee inggit ako...ganda

fortuitous faery said...

it looks exactly like the notre dame cathedral we visited in ottawa, canada last year.

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