Stepping inside neo-Gothic Hanoi Saint Joseph Cathedral that is inaugurated in 1886 is like being instantly transported to medieval Europe. The Cathedral is noteworthy for its square towers, elaborate altar and stained-glass windows. The first Catholic mission in Hanoi was founded in 1679.
After the conquest of Hanoi in 1882 by the French army, the Hanoi Saint Joseph Cathedral was constructed and completed in 1886. The cathedral and the surrounded area known as Nha Chung area were built on the land formerly belonging to Bao Thien pagoda, which was built under Ly dynasty.
The architecture with domes of the cathedral follows the Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral. It is 65m in length, 21m in width with two bell towers of 30m-height. Though the appearance of the cathedral, from the doors, the colorful window glass, to the religious paintings for decoration follows Western style, the main interior part is decorated in Vietnamese way with two typical colors yellow and red. Outside, in front of the Hanoi Saint Joseph Cathedral is the statue of Mother Maria.
Not only a Hanoi Tourist Sight, but the Hanoi Saint Joseph cathedral have got an eye-catching architecture and good venue at the center of the city, the area surrounding the cathedral is always packed with hundreds of local Hanoian and tourists hanging out with friends for drinking and talking.
Nha Chung Street now becomes the ?Lemon Tea? street, a popular gathering place to many youngsters in Hanoi, and home to eye-catching souvenir shops and Western style restaurants. It is not only the holly place for Christian couples hold their wedding, but also a great venue for non- religious grooms and brides to take nice wedding shots.
No Entrance fee required
Visiting hours: 08:00 AM to 17:00
Location: Nha Chung Street