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Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica to undergo $4.4mn restoration

Saturday, July 01, 2017, 12:00 GMT+7

The Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a popular landmark in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, is expected to undergo a maintenance process as several parts of the century-old architecture are showing signs of deterioration.

These days, scores of workers can be seen circling around the place to take all kinds of measurements and evaluations to prepare for the restoration process, estimated to cost VND100 billion (US$4.41 million).

Multiple parts of the centuries-old cathedral, including its roof and windows, and the wooden structure holding the bell, have suffered damages and will undergo either reparation or replacement.

The massive restoration this time will also repair both the interior and exterior of the walls, all the iron and wooden doors, the floors, the lighting system among other units.

The restoration process is scheduled to last three years.

Built in 1877 and opened to the public in 1880, the 137-year-old church has not seen any major restoration.

The edifice adopted French architecture traits, with all the construction materials imported from France.

The chancel adopts Roman and Gothic architecture, which are conducive to the edifice’s elaborateness, elegance, and tastefulness.

5hcKoJzC.jpgA worker takes measurement of the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.7au0T0X4.jpgAn aerial view of the back of the centuries-old cathedral.

BUL0bhZ5.jpgSeveral parts of the roof show signs of deterioration.

xVd5UuwU.jpgThe drainage system on the roof is also damaged.

CBwfU0Ed.jpgThe window is broken.

mm663dok.jpgVarious damaged parts of the roof have been temporarily repaired.

j0Cs6nF8.jpgThe outer walls are deteriorating and dotted with visitors’ writings.

rBC85uXl.jpgA large window of the cathedral is broken.

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