• Explore Hanoi Cathedral - one of the 7 largest churches in the capital

    In the list of 7 famous churches of the capital, Hanoi Cathedral with ancient and majestic architecture is not only a place of worshiping of Catholics but also a difficult destination to ignore for many. Visiting the church, visitors will be free to explore, check-in virtual life and participate in many unforgettable experiences. 
    If Ho Chi Minh City has Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanoi has the Cathedral. This is also a French-built work, with a bit of Indochinese architecture in an ancient but equally romantic look.

    Hanoi Cathedral is an abbreviated name, in fact it has the official name of St. Joseph Cathedral, located at 40, at the intersection of three streets: Nha Chung, Cathedral Street and Ly Quoc Street. Professor, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city. This place is known as one of the first Western architectural works and the oldest Catholic Church in Ha Thanh. Today, this place is still a place for religious beliefs, a familiar entertainment spot for the people of the capital and neighboring provinces.

    Hanoi Cathedral was built by the French colonialists on the old land of Bao Thien Pagoda - the temple under King Ly Thanh Tong. In the 18th century, Bao Thien pagoda was broken and became the market territory of Dai Viet people. After that, the Catholic Church was ordered by the government to build the church. Initially only made of wood. By the end of the nineteenth century (1884), the church was built more spaciously with baked brick, designed and supervised by Bishop Puginier. By 1887 the church was completed and the inauguration was held on Christmas that year.

    Through many ups and downs in history, Hanoi Cathedral is considered a "witness" witnessing the change and rise of Ha Thanh after nearly 3 centuries. Although, today, there are many modern works that have sprung up, but this is still the work that leaves the deepest mark among the people and tourists from near and far when traveling to Hanoi .

    Designed in the style of medieval European Gothic architecture, the Cathedral looks like the Notre Dame Cathedral in France but has the interference between the East, between Christian culture and a part of Buddhism. .


    Hanoi Cathedral was built of earthenware and mulch paper, about 65 m high, 21 m wide, two bell towers 31.5 m high, four surrounding corners are four tall stone pillars. At the top of the Church is a stone cross, linking it is a system of 5 bells hanging on two towers. Below is a clock and a holy statue.

    Looking outside, you will see the cathedral has a dome that arches towards the sky, with many windows. Still not as detailed and meticulous as churches in Europe. Some decorative details in the sanctuary have been changed by Vietnamese folklore, such as carving, painted with gold lacquer, looking quite unique and sophisticated. The old layers of lime tinged with moss add to the ancient and serene look of the Cathedral. However, contrary to that appearance, the internal architecture still retains the inherent modernity. According to the Hanoi travel experience of some visitors who have visited, you must go to the church to feel the majesty.

    There is no admission ticket, but it is not always possible to enter Hanoi Cathedral . Usually the church will be open from 8am - 11am and from 14am - 20h (from Monday to Saturday), from 7am - 11h30 and from 15h - 21h (on Sunday).

    In case you want to attend the ceremony you have to come early, Monday to Friday is 5:30 and 18h15, Saturday is 6pm. Sunday will take place in more time frames, 5am, 7am, 9am, 11am (French ceremony), 16h (children's holiday), 18h and 20h (adult ceremony).

    To get to the Cathedral, in addition to personal means such as motorbikes, taxis, ... you can only walk, because it is located in the old town on a no-bus route, so there are no bus routes passing through this place. Instead, take a bus to the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake (bus number 09, 14, 36) and then walk a bit more to the church. Take the bus 1 to Trieu Quoc Dat street, car number 02 to Trang Thi, then walk on Phu Doan street to Au Trieu, you will see the church.

    If you are traveling to Hanoi for the first time , besides familiar places, you must visit the Cathedral at least once. Although it is not a busy place to play, there are also many interesting things waiting for your life.

    Non-Catholics who are curious about the rituals of a Catholic ceremony should arrive on time to attend a religious ceremony here. The ceremonies but the wedding, baptism, resurrection, ... are performed in a very solemn manner that surely you will not be surprised when witnessing. Note, you must dress neatly, politely, keep orderly, absolutely do not say words that imply offensive religion or pointers and saints!

    Because it is one of the famous churches in Hanoi, every Christmas (December 24, 25), the great church is invested in brilliantly decorated, becoming the ideal Christmas place for many people. Coming here, you will be mixed with the crowd of people, admire the caves, pine trees, colorful electric lights and welcome a warm and memorable holiday season.

    With its ancient and unique beauty, Hanoi Cathedral is also a not bad “virtual living” photo spot. Do not believe, you just try to walk around social networking sites like facebook, zalo, instragram will not be difficult to catch selfies of young people check-in here, it looks something very Western. The picture at the church is a proof of your arrival in the beloved capital. So, whether it's sunny or sunny or a gray day, don't forget to save yourself a picture!

    Located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - the center of Ha Thanh, there will be no shortage of places to combine sightseeing. After visiting the church, you can move to Hoan Kiem Lake, walk around the streets, learn about traditional craft villages, explore the old town night market - where many fun activities and lots of fun take place. Street food is sure to delight you.

    In particular, you cannot ignore the pedestrian street - the famous weekend amusement park is only a few hundred meters walk from Hanoi Cathedral . Here often take place cultural performances, interesting outdoor entertainment games. Especially on anniversaries, holidays, New Year or the city where events are held, the neighborhood is more crowded and noisy.

    Going to church without enjoying "lemon tea cutting wind" is indeed a shortcoming. Unknown ever since, the church has become a familiar place only for night meetings of Ha Thanh youth. It's just tea cups that add slices of fresh lemon and a sunflower plate, but it makes a brand for this area.

    But not only lemon tea, there are many delicious dishes around the church such as mixed rice paper, grilled spring rolls, rib porridge, horned vermicelli ... very delicious, bold because of Hanoi but the price is only tens of thousands / dish only, spoiled for you to sip and slash all kinds of things in heaven and on earth.

    Perhaps the name Hanoi Cathedral is no longer too unfamiliar to the people of the capital, whether they are religious or not. For tourists, it always has a strange attraction that anyone who comes to Hanoi will find a way to visit.

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