The architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City have long been renowned for every tourist when taking Vietnam tour holidays. Strongly influenced by famous French architects with Gothic or Roman styles, these works not only retain excellent architectural value but also are one of the appealing tourist attractions that you should not miss.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Built from 1877 to 1880 by architect J.Nourad, the Notre Dame Cathedral is a harmonious combination of the Roman and Gothic architecture. The overall layout and the pavilions of the church exudes a unique ancient beauty on the last stage of the Roman school. Meanwhile, the decoration of windows, the main doors, arches, and roofs feature the bold, authentic Gothic characters.
The outstanding part of the church is the 8.5-ton statue of Our Lady of Peace which is made of Italian marble designed in Rome.
In 1895, the church built two 57,6-meter bell towers, which have six large bronze bells weighing 25,850 tons – the biggest ones in Vietnam at present.
Over 130 years of political and historical changes, Notre Dame Cathedral is still there to witness the development of the city and becomes a must-see spot in your Vietnam family holiday tours.
Saigon Central Post Office
As a perfect blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, Saigon Central Post Office attracts tourists with typical French features, from the exterior to interior decoration. The post office is the idea of French architect Gustave Eiffel, who is famous for designing the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The front of the building is decorated with the names of renowned French celebrities such as Laplace, Voltaire and Arage, and a large number of eye-catching decorative squares.
An impressive point of the work is the clock right in the facade, in which the above is a person wearing a laurel wreath and the words “Ho Chi Minh City Post Office”. Entering the post office, visitors will have the chance to admire the unique dome design with sophisticated carved patterns and more than 35 customer service tables.Also, there are souvenir shops with traditional Vietnamese handicraft products.
Saigon Opera House
Built with the neoclassical architectural style and inspired by the designs of the Opera House in Paris, Saigon Opera House is a glamorous and elegant artwork that stands out among the vibrant and bustling Ho Chi Minh City. The building’s design is characterized by a clever combination of architecture and sculpture with the cover of many reliefs and statues from the outside to the interior. All of them are the same model of French theaters in the late 19th century, painted by a famous French artist.
The front door of the Opera House is greatly influenced by the art of the Petit Palais Museum appearing in the same year in France. The interior has a modern sound and lighting system. Besides, the ground area includes two floors with the capacity up to 1,800 people.
Whether you are into learning about different cultures or just fond of watching gorgeous architecture in private tours to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh city will be an ideal choice. Let’s come and explore!