The Saigon Notre Dame Basilica built in late 1880 in Saigon is going under renovation as many parts of the church are showing signs od deterioration. In 1962, the Vatican conferred the Cathedral status as a Basilica and gave it the official name of Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Almost 60 meters in height, the cathedral’s distinctive neo-Romanesque features include the all-red brick façade imported from Marseille (France), stained glass windows, two bell towers with six bronze bells that still ring to this day, and a peaceful garden setting in the middle of downtown.
The restoration process is estimated to cost VND100 billion (US$4.41 million). The roof, the windows, the wooden structure holding the bell, the interior and exterior of the walls, the iron and wooden doors, the floors, the lighting system will be repaired, and the restoration process will last three years.