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French architecture stands tall in HCMC

By Nguyen Trung Au

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With its development journey of over 300 years, HCMC boasts many buildings featuring the cultural and artistic values of other parts of the country and other countries, especially France.

These include the Notre Dame Cathedral, the HCMC Post Office, the building of the HCMC government and the Saigon Opera House, among others, which have witnessed the city’s ups and downs.

The Notre Dame Cathedral, designed by architect Jules Bourard, was kicked off in 1877 and completed after three years. It features Roman and Gothic architectural styles.

Meanwhile, the HCMC Post Office was developed between 1886 and 1891 and designed by architect Auguste Henri Vildieu and his assistant Alfred Foulhoux.

The building of the HCMC government, located on Le Thanh Ton Street in downtown HCMC, was designed by architect Femand Gardès.

In addition, the design of the Saigon Opera House was created by Félix Olivier, Ernest Guichard and Eugène Ferret. Its architecture was influenced by the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic.

A view of the Notre Dame Cathedral from Han Thuyen Street.
Its architecture makes it stand out among modern buildings.
Photographers are seen next to the Notre Dame Cathedral
A resident cycles around the Notre Dame Cathedral
A street painter completes a painting of the front of the Notre Dame Cathedral
The front of the HCMC Post Office. A highlight in the design of the post office is a sculpture of Mercury, the Roman god of communications, at the main entrance.
With its special architecture, the HCMC Post Office has become a must-visit tourist site in the city
Patterns of the building. There are 34 boards on which names of well- known scientists, such as Morse, Gramme, Faraday, Ohm, Bell and Franklin, are carved.
Patterns of the building. There are 34 boards on which names of well- known scientists, such as Morse, Gramme, Faraday, Ohm, Bell and Franklin, are carved.
Patterns of the building. There are 34 boards on which names of well- known scientists, such as Morse, Gramme, Faraday, Ohm, Bell and Franklin, are carved.
A view of the headquarters of the HCMC government from Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street. The city hall is more magnificent at sunset as it is located in the west.
Local residents pass through the building of the HCMC government
Local residents pass through the building of the HCMC government
The main towers of the city hall include sculptures of Marianne, the goddess of liberty
The front of the roof of the Saigon Opera House. The semicircular arch features a sculpture of Erato, the goddess of literature, science and art, and portraits of five artistic goddesses.
The façade of the opera house

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