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    Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral - Great Attractions (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Take a tour of Ho Chi Minh Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

    East Asia may seem like an unlikely place to find a French Cathedral, but this Vietnamese city is home to the Notre Dame Basilica of Ho Chi Minh.

    This beautiful and decidedly Western-style church was built in the later part of the 19th century, following two other smaller churches.

    This cathedral's design, drawn from the Roman style, was the top pick in a contest to create the city's cathedral.

    On a pedestal in front of the church is a statue of the Virgin Mary, which supposedly shed a real tear in 2005, drawing thousands to its locale for days.

    The two spires of the Notre Dame Cathedral are bell towers, each standing a staggering 190 feet tall.

    This monument stood as a symbol of France’s ownership over this country and was meant to promote Christianity and French culture.