Not Quite Notre Dame
Ho Chi Minh’s Notre Dame is a relic from the days of French colonization and was built entirely from imported materials. It is smaller than one might expect, situated in an area of town that reminded us of New Orleans, with the architecture and the spicy smells emanating from the restaurants along wide, tree-lined avenues. The church itself is quite beautiful from the outside, but the inside of the cathedral is quite bare, especially since the stained glass windows were destroyed during the war. The spires are impressive, but a quick view of the outside is more than enough time spent here.