I had an amazing experience in Hanoi and lucky to have visited the Cathedral that av heard about for years.
Saint Joseph Church, also known as the oldest Catholic Church in Hanoi, is also the most popular tourist attraction in Hanoi. It takes about ten minutes to walk in from Huanjian Lake without buying tickets. The church, with its Medieval Gothic style, is said to have been built in imitation of Notre Dame in Paris and is also a representative French building in Hanoi. The whole building is about five stories high, with a bell at the top of the central door, a cross at the top and a flat roof on both sides. The whole outer wall is mottled with gray, gray and white pink, showing a sense of historical vicissitudes. In front of the church is a small square with a figure statue in the center, holding a child in his left hand and holding a long pole cross in his right hand. Since church doors are only opened when Mass is held, the rest of the time can only be accessed through the left side door of the church. The splendid dome of the golden wall, the complex decorative main forum, the colorful painted glass windows and the square tower are all very attractive.
Hanoi Cathedral, located near Lake Huanjian, was built in 1886. It is 130 years old. It is the oldest Cathedral in Hanoi. It is said that it was modelled on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Hanoi Cathedral is the most representative French architecture in Hanoi, which has the European medieval style. After many wars, the French incorporated Vietnam into their colonial system through the Badnow Treaty in June 1884. Two years after the signing of the Treaty of Badnow, the French built the cathedral in Hanoi. French colonization of Vietnam in 71 years, but also around the Sword Lake, those French buildings, that French culture influence Vietnam everywhere. In Hanoi, we took a taxi from the Confucian Temple to the cathedral. One of the most disgusting things happened. The black taxi driver robbed us of our money. Before going to Vietnam to do homework, there are many donkey friends reminding Vietnam that social order is not good, to be vigilant against black taxis, they are unreliable. A taxi must be taken by a regular taxi company. The name and license plate characteristics of the regular taxi company are also given. When we came out of the Confucian Temple in Hanoi, we found that there was a taxi there, so we took it to the cathedral. When I got on the bus, I found that there was something wrong with the meter. The words jumped very fast. When we arrived at the cathedral and paid Vietnam Shield, the black taxi driver robbed us of our money. Not too much money was stolen. That's 50 yuan in RMB, but it was disgusting.
The best coffee shops around. This corner of church...... And please do attend the prayer ceremony in church... Sunday may be perfect...... Interior of the church is one of the best among vietnam..... Very beautiful.... And when the choir comes and sings.... Its very serene and blissful
Your visit to Hanoi will not be complete without seeing the Cathedral, we felt a whispering hope & shivering feeling when we saw it. Preservation of its look & people guarding the place to remind tourist of discipline & respect when there is a mass & they keep on taking pictures. The altar is an awe!