HCMC landmark to be refurbished soon but will remain open to the public.
Saigon Notra-Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City is to undergo restoration and repairs shortly.
From the outside it looks sturdy and solid but its interior is very much in need of attention. “The cathedral is a special piece of architecture so we are still working with Ho Chi Minh City authorities to evaluate the level of degradation and damage,” said Father Vuong Si Tuan. “We are planning to engage an independent agency to conduct an evaluation and complete the repair work.”
According to Father Tuan it may take more than six months to give the cathedral the upgrade it requires, but the exact time work will begin is yet to be determined. It will remain open to parishioners and tourists while the work is done.
The main areas believed to be in need of repair are the tile roof, the two towers, columns, rafters, and the stained-glass. The exterior will only be cleaned, Father Tuan said, as its bricks are in good condition and not in need of replacement or repair.
Built in 1877, Saigon Notra-Dame Basilica is 93 meters long, 35 meters wide, and 75 meters tall and is located in the heart of District 1. Many people visit the cathedral during holidays, especially at Christmas, and it’s a popular spot among tourists. Its daily masses are always well-attended.