Friday, March 23, 2012

Skywatch#108 Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon, Vietnam

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The clouds were few, the skies were blue. It was just a beautiful summery day that day. But,  the heat took me by surprise because I never thought that Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) could get hotter than my home city but it really was. Since we were short of time, smoldering hot or not and with sweat trickling out in every pore of our skin, we need to do the city tour that day.

Like in almost all of our travels, a church is part of the itinerary. This one was no different.

Notre Dame Cathedral is just beside another architectural treasure of the city of  Ho Chi Minh, the  Postal Office.  Officially known as the Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, the cathedral is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

We were planning to get inside the cathedral to offer some prayers but it was closed for the lunch break so we made do with taking photos outside of it before proceeding to the postal office for another round of picture taking.

 This is my entry for:

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9 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy March 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM  

Calling by as another Skywatch participant, thankyou for the visit and comment left on my entry. I have visited Notre Dame in Paris and can see the likeness! I would like to visit this one in Saigon as well, maybe one day.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life March 24, 2012 at 8:29 AM  

Oh my... this is a wonderful shot! I did not realize they had a Notre Dame in Vietnam as well. They are both beautiful.

And thanks for stopping by.... enjoyed hearing from you!

Tatjana Parkacheva March 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM  

Beautiful cathedral.

Regards and best wishes

R1 March 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM  

beautiful capture...

-r1-

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe March 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

Beautiful!
You just don't think of cathedrals like this in Vietnam~

eden March 25, 2012 at 3:32 AM  

Stunning capture!

Míriam Luiza March 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM  

LINDA FOTO E INTERESSANTE TEXTO!

Ebie March 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM  

Such great architecture, very much influenced by the Gothic style.

I bet it was also humid, too!

Redruby April 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM  

such a nice architecture..thanks sa visit Tess..kasuroy na jud ko diri..

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