Catholic Cathedrals

Catholics make up the second largest community (after Buddhism) in Thua Thien Hue. Catholicism has an early history of entrance and development in the Southern Land (Dang Trong). The first church was found in Hue at Phuong Duc Quarter by the 18th Century.

Around the center of Hue, there are two big cathedrals known as Phu Cam Cathedral (in Phuoc Vinh Ward) and the Notre Dame Cathedral (Nguyen Hue Street - Vinh Loi Ward). These cathedrals were both built in 1960’s and are typical examples of Roman - Gothic architecture of Catholicism in Hue.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is usually called the Redemptorists by Hue people. In fact, it was the name of an order being built in the previous time, at the rear of the church. This cathedral was designed by architect Nguyen My Loc. This cathedral took three years to build (from 1959 to 1962). The interior of the cathedral is 38m wide and 72m long, always being lit by stained glass. In the bell tower, there hangs four bells, 30m from the ground. Located at the center of the city, this cathedral occupies a solemn position and is held in high regard to the Catholic followers in the region.
 
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