Notre Dame Cathedral is situated in Paris Square, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A French priest laid the first brick in October 1877 and the last one in April 1880.
Arrangements made with France required the construction to be managed by a French engineer by the name of Baurad. The total cost was 2.5 million francs. With the approval of the Vatican, the cathedral was named Notre Dame during ceremonies held in December 1959.
Its neo-Romanesque architecture and two 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires dominate the city's sky line. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. Visitors who wish to attend mass should go Sunday at 9.30 am