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St. Joseph’s Cathedral

  • Sight: St. Joseph’s Cathedral
  • Type: Historic
  • Location:Hanoi - Vietnam
  • Address: Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Việt Nam
  • Opening hours: 06am - 10pm

St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Vietnamese: Nhà thờ Lớn Hà Nội, Nhà thờ Chính tòa Thánh Giuse) is a church on Nha Tho (Church) Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The late 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.

Construction began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.

The cathedral conducts mass several times during the day. For Sunday evening mass at 6:00 PM, large crowds spill out into the streets. The prayer hymns are broadcast and Catholics who are unable to enter the cathedral congregate in the street and listen to hymns.

Tips And Reviews

42 Tips and reviews
- Aug, 22, 2015 -

Allie Q

Built by the French government in 1886 and still holds mass every Sunday! The cathedral is super gorgeous and a nice place to make a quick stop to take some pictures.

- Oct, 07, 2014 -

Phat B

Nice cathedral - imposing from the outside, modern and welcoming on the inside. Walk around the back for some interesting Christian murals

- Oct, 19, 2014 -


sitting in coffeeshop at opposite side of church on sunday morning & watching pilgrim go to pray time,listening a bell ring & feeling peaceful,so many beauty girl walk around

- Mar, 01, 2019 -

Long N

Best time to visit is in the evening. Great lightning and good buzz at the square with all little eat and drinks stalls.

- Jul, 08, 2019 -

HaJime J

The front of the church is looking good but if you go inside that’s will be even great 👍🏻✨ (descriptions are Vietnamese…of course)

- Nov, 01, 2016 -

Russell H

Beautiful church, worth the photo op. Get a coffee next door and Cong and a Pho down the block at Ly Quoc Su

- Feb, 14, 2013 -


If you visit during Tet, walk around the outside and see if there are any silk worm cacoons in the Mulberry bushes.

- Jan, 23, 2015 -

🌎 JcB 🌎

Beautiful church and compound with murals and gardens throughout.

- Feb, 09, 2015 -

Andrew O

입구는 왼쪽. 관광객 입장은 오후 2시부터

- Oct, 19, 2014 -


Ngày xưa hay ngồi sát nhà thờ(quán kinh đô)giờ thì sáng chủ nhật thích ngồi chém gió ở quán đối diện xem giáo dân đi cầu kinh(là phụ)& ngắm gái xinh lượn vè vè xung quanh(là chính).Rất vui mắt vui tai

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