HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 July 2017: The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to visitors for three years.
Local officials have given the green light to commence renovations after reports from local and international experts recommended urgent repair and restoration work on this popular landmark, Asian Trails reported in a news update earlier this week.
A leading tour operator in Vietnam Asian Trails confirmed that entering the cathedral was no longer possible for tourists.
Catholics who want to attend Mass here will be able to enter the cathedral via the main entrance only. Other visitors are not allowed access.
The Notre Dame Cathedral dates back to the late 19th century. Built in the style of the Neo-Romanesque period, it has two square towers tipped with metal sheeted spires.
Vietnamese Catholics, tourists and foreigners regularly visit the cathedral for Sunday Mass at 0930, registering one of the highest attendance rates worldwide. It is the only Catholic church offering an English mass in the city.
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(Source: Asian Trails)