The Cathedral of Notre – Dame of Ho Chi Minh City (city formerly known as Saigon), called on the Vietnamese language of Nha thờ Đức Ba, although this Cathedral is also known as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
It’s a stylized and beautiful Cathedral built at the end of the 19th century (from 1863 to 1880), whose exterior facade is made of stone extracted from the nearby quarries and cover French red tiles, expressly sent from France to provide this color so characteristic that it possesses the basilica. Crowned with two campaigns within two bell towers, located at 58 meters.
t is the largest church built by the French. In the nineteenth century was the tallest building in the city (now it has this privilege Torre Bitexco)
Although at first sight the exterior façade and walls seem to be brick, we must not be fooled, it is indeed granite Vietnamit to which are attached (from Marseille) French red tiles that today retain their original color. The great rose window and the Windows of the basilica were originally decorated by a stained-glass windows of Chartres, who were unfortunately destroyed during the second world war. Ho Chi Minh City took the decision to replace these Windows with transparent glass.