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"Saigon's Religious Nerve"

From a simple, 19th-century wooden church to a splendid house of worship modeled after the Notre-Dame de Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon has had an eventful journey through the years. It stands today as a stunning red-brick building in the heart of present-day Ho Chi Minh, replete with two bell towers that distinguish it from its Parisian counterpart. The church’s storied past has roots in the 19th Century, when it was built after the French colonized Saigon. In the years that followed, the colonists took it upon themselves to amend the crumbling wooden edifice of the Saigon Church, as it was then known. Following a design competition that architect Jules Bourard won, the Saigon Church metamorphosed into a striking church, built with raw materials flown in from France, and with bricks specially imported from Toulouse. The bell towers were added as an afterthought in 1895, and the church was finally rendered complete. In 1962, the church was consecrated as a basilica. With an immaculate statue of the Virgin Mary fronting its structure, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon stands today as one of Vietnam’s most important historical landmarks and one of its most revered religious monuments.
1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
"Saigon's Religious Nerve"
From a simple, 19th-century wooden church to a splendid house of worship modeled after the Notre-Dame de Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon has had an eventful journey through the years. It stands today as a stunning red-brick building in the heart of present-day Ho Chi Minh, replete with two bell towers that distinguish it from its Parisian counterpart. The church’s storied past has roots in the 19th Century, when it was built after the French colonized Saigon. In the years that followed, the colonists took it upon themselves to amend the crumbling wooden edifice of the Saigon Church, as it was then known. Following a design competition that architect Jules Bourard won, the Saigon Church metamorphosed into a striking church, built with raw materials flown in from France, and with bricks specially imported from Toulouse. The bell towers were added as an afterthought in 1895, and the church was finally rendered complete. In 1962, the church was consecrated as a basilica. With an immaculate statue of the Virgin Mary fronting its structure, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon stands today as one of Vietnam’s most important historical landmarks and one of its most revered religious monuments.
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