The neo-Gothic looking St Joseph Cathedral must be considered the Mother of all Catholic Churches in Vietnam. It was inaugurated in 1886 and is a wonder to behold. You definitely get the feeling of medieval Europe. But that is just the architecture. The spirituality of the overflowing congregation, what ever preconceived notion you had, leaves when the Mass begins.
You are aware of the great acoustical qualities in this Church. Also if you get a side seat you will not see anything because of the massive pillars.
Behind the Church are some beautiful murals. Also a grotto which seems to be standard fair for all Catholic Churches in Vietnam.
St. Joseph Cathedral testament to the early Catholic missions to Vietnam which date back 1679. About 10% of the Vietnamese population is of the Catholic faith. The second largest in the Far East. Only the Philippines have more.
This is my 12 visit to Vietnam
My current mission in Vietnam is going to the home villages of all my neices and nephews that have helped me in Vietnam
In 2005 I biked from Hanoi to Saigon. Probably the greatest trip I ever experienced.
I look forward to returning to Vietnam and enjoying the people and land of Vietnam.
I will be staying with my former Rotary Exchange Student Trang and her husband Huan and daughter Sarah.
I keep a bike at Trang's house and will be biking around Saigon on short trips.
The cover photo is me biking the Red River Islands near Hanoi.... full info