Known as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica this cathedral was planned and built between 1863 – 1880 when Vietnam was a French Colony. Its official name is Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. All of the building materials were imported from France. The height of the cathedral to the top of the cross (not featured) on top of the bell towers is 60.5 metres.
On my visit I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of peace when entering the cathedral where a service was in progress. Perhaps it was the simplicity of the ceilings or perhaps it was escaping the reality that waited outside – war wounded beggars suffering amputations and disfigurements from the land mines that had and possibly still are lying in the fields.
War and Peace. If only the world could opt for peace.
In response to Paula’s Black and White Sunday.