Basilica of Saigon
An iconic, historic religious location in Ho Chi Minh City awaits your visit on SEENSIO.
Overview – Introduction:
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the short name is Notre-Dame Cathedral. (officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, French: Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon) is a cathedral of Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City.
The construction on it started in 1877. On 7 October 1877, Bishop Isidore Colombert laid the first stone in an inaugural ceremony. The construction of the cathedral took three years. At the beginning, the cathedral was called State Cathedral due to the source of the construction funds. The total cost was 2,500,000 French francs (nominal price of the mid to late 19th century).
On Easter Day, 11 April 1880, a blessing ceremony and ceremony of completion were solemnly organized in presence of the Governor of Cochinchina Charles Le Myre de Vilers.
In 1959, Bishop Joseph Pham Van Thien, whose jurisdiction included Saigon parish, attended the Marian Congress held in the Vatican and ordered a statue of Our Lady of Peace made with granite in Rome. When the statue arrived in Saigon on 16 February 1959, Bishop Pham Van Thien held a ceremony to install the statue on the empty base and presented the title of “Regina Pacis”. It was the same bishop who wrote the prayers “Notre-Dame bless the peace to Vietnam”. The next day, Cardinal Agagianian came from Rome to chair the closing ceremony of the Marian Congress and solemnly chaired the ceremony for the statue. From that point, the church was called Notre-Dame Cathedral.
In 1962, Pope John XXIII anointed the Saigon Chief Cathedral, and conferred it the status of a basilica. From this time, this cathedral was called Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
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Currently, the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is situated at Paris Commune Square in the Ben Nghe commune, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Additionally, it witnessed a great deal of historical ups and downs.
After more than 140 years of construction and development, Saigon’s Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is now gravely damaged. The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City formally began the repairing project of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon on June 29, 2017, with completion anticipated in 2023. (Can extend till 2027 due to the immutable factors.)
While repairs are being made, daily operations of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon continue as usual, however guests are unable to access the interior during this period.
The Romanesque – Gothic antique style of the 3D model of this Cathedral will make users feel acquainted and at home when they visit Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in SEENSIO. Users can access the SEENSIO space’s Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon from anywhere in the world at any time.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in SEENSIO is the replica version of this cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. But the distinctive Romanesque-Gothic antique style is still present in this model. It also has evolved into a digital version where users may view photographs, addresses, 3D models, and storage quantities.
Despite what happens in the actual world, the SEENSIO Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon will always exist there. Currently, SEENSIO is the original Metaverse platform that still keeps replicating historical sites and structures in Vietnam and all over the world.