Hanoi Cathedral also known as Saint Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Hanoi. The cathedral is famous not only for its architecture but also its historical meaning.
Hanoi Cathedral’s overview
Hanoi Cathedral locates at Nha Tho Street, Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi. It was built on the site of the former Bao Thien Pagoda, which was a sacred Buddhist temple under Ly dynasty. The cathedral was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina.
Hanoi Cathedral began constructing since 1886. Its design is similar to the architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Built with stone slabs and brick, the façade consists of two towers, square in shape, rising to a height of 103 ft (31 m) and each tower fitted with five bells. The cathedral glass windows were produced in France before being transported to Vietnam. The ceiling is rib vaulted. The nave is made of gilt trimmed wood.
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The inside of Hanoi Cathedral
The ceiling of Hanoi Cathedral
The architecture with domes of the cathedral follows the Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral. It is 64.5m in length, 20.5m in width with two bell towers. The colorful glass windows were decorated with the religious paintings following Western style. The statue of Mother Maria stands outside the cathedral.
Hanoi Cathedral is the headquarters of Archdiocese of Vietnam. Here is also an ideal meeting place for local residents in Hanoi, especially the young. Young people sit surrounding cathedral area, visit eye-catching souvenir shops or Western style restaurants, and enjoy the church view with lemon tea.
The first Christmas took place in the cathedral in 1887. Since then, the cathedral is always crowded with hundreds of people at the weekend or during religious holidays.
Hanoi Cathedral, also known as Saint Joseph’s Cathedral is a must-go destination when you visit Hanoi.
Hanoi Cathedral is famous not only for its architecture but also its historical meaning.
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