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Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is the most important place of worship for Vietnam’s six million Catholics.
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After a wooden church proved vulnerable to termites and humidity, Admiral J. Bonard designed a church that featured elements of of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris.
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Most building materials, including tiles, red bricks, stained glass and bronze bells, were transported to Saigon from France.
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Many of Vietnam’s growing Catholic population make a trip to Notre-Dame Cathedral at least once in their lifetime.
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in 1962 Pope John XXIII officially declared “Notre Dame of Saigon” as a basilica.