We recently visited St Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi which was opened in 1886, a year after the French colonial officially occupied the country of Vietnam. The cathedral still holds mass twice daily and is probably the most famous church in Hanoi.
Archdiocese (Metropolitan) of Hanoi (Latin: Archidioecesis Hanoiensis) is a Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vietnam. It is one of the earliest in the history of Roman Catholicism in Vietnam.
The creation of the diocese in present form was declared November 24, 1960. It covers an area of 7,000 km² and headed by Archbishop Peter Nguyễn Văn Nhơn (from 2010).
The above images are of the garden walls within the Church grounds ...
The church was built in 1886 in the neo-gothic style. It holds several masses throughout the day and is usually crowded on weekends and religious holidays. On Christmas, 2004 the cathedral hosted more than 4,000 visitors.
By 2004, Archdiocese of Hanoi had about 282,886 believers (5.3% of the population), 59 priests and 132 parishes. The Archdiocese of Hanoi is a "sister" diocese of Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County (USA) since 2008.
if you are spending a few days in Hanoi, do visit the Church ... even if it is to wander around the garden area ..... it is truly a restful haven away from the noisy Hanoi streets!