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CHURCH SPRUCED UP

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St Joseph's Cathedral in Hà Nội, one of the earliest Catholic buildings in the capital city, is now undergoing a major renovation project

St Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Hà Nội is one of the earliest Catholic buildings in the capital city, a miniature of the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is now being renovated.

These days, passers-by may be a little surprised at the appearance of the building. But it’s just temporary. The scaffoldin­g will soon be removed in a few months when the cathedral gets a new lick of paint.

The Catholic Cathedral of Hà Nội was built in the late 19th century, in European Gothic style. The exterior walls of the church are made of granite stone slabs, with the two bell towers standing 31.5m in height.

In the middle of the front entrance, a cross stands high, while a big round clock was installed underneath.

In general, the architectu­re is not too complicate­d with the combinatio­n of European Gothic style and local architectu­re.

The bell towers contain five bells with one big bell and four smaller ones, which connect with the clock to ring on the hour.

A metal statue of Mother Maria stands in front of the cathedral.

The cathedral was built on the foundation­s of an old pagoda between 1884 and 1886.

The cathedral was inaugurate­d at Christmas of 1887.

The cathedral has remained a centre of Catholic activities in the capital and its vicinity.

The inner walls of the cathedral have just been newly painted in grey.

 ??  ?? LANDMARK: The cathedral has been a magnet to both locals and tourists in the capital.
LANDMARK: The cathedral has been a magnet to both locals and tourists in the capital.
 ??  ?? TEMPORARY LOOK: The cathedral is now covered with scaffoldin­g for the renovation.
TEMPORARY LOOK: The cathedral is now covered with scaffoldin­g for the renovation.
 ??  ?? KEEPING IT REAL: The renovation will keep all ancient details of the architectu­re.
KEEPING IT REAL: The renovation will keep all ancient details of the architectu­re.
 ??  ?? TICK TOCK: The clock has been working for more than 100 years.
TICK TOCK: The clock has been working for more than 100 years.
 ?? VNS Photos Trương Vị ?? HEAD FOR HEIGHTS: Workers at the site.
VNS Photos Trương Vị HEAD FOR HEIGHTS: Workers at the site.

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