on June 14, 2002
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, smack dab in the heart of Ho Chi Minh's downtown government quarter. Its neo-Romanesque form and two 40-meter high square towers tipped with iron squires dominate the city's skyline.
If the front gates are locked, try the side door to get in. Unusually, there are no stained-glass windows on this magnificent Catholic structure -- a casualty of fighting during World War II. The square next to the cathedral houses the city's general post office.
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