The overview of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city (Source: vietnamnet.vn)The 2-year restoration will be carried out by only replacing degraded and damaged parts with new materials while retaining the original design.
During this time, the cathedral will only be open for church services. Workers will cordon off areas around the church over the next three weeks.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built by French colonialists in 1877 and inaugurated in 1880. It has two bell towers that stand at a height of 58 meters (190 feet).
Located in a tourist precinct that includes the historic Central Post Office in District 1, the cathedral is popular among foreign and local visitors, especially during holiday seasons./.