Tan Dinh pastel Pink Church

The Tan Dinh Church, or the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is the second largest in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and is brightly pastel pink with a Romanian architectural style. Built in 1870 and finished in 1876 during the French colonial period when Vietnam was part of French Indochina, the structure has weathered Vietnam's violent history.


Tan Dinh Church Overview

Tan Dinh Church, also known as "The Pink Church" in the neighborhood, is an ancient Roman Catholic church in Ho Chi Minh City. This church, which is located on the busy Hai Ba Trung, will undoubtedly attract the attention of everyone who passes by. It features stunning architecture, making it a must-see place in Ho Chi Minh City. The Sunday Mass at Tan Dinh Church is well-known.

We find tranquility when we go to church, and this church is no exception. Visit the places in and around you for a healthy experience to make your schedule much more fascinating. Tan Dinh Church is within walking distance of Le Van Tam Park, which is about a five-minute walk from the church grounds. If you enjoy shopping and trying new foods, we also recommend stopping by the Tan Dinh Market.


Tan Dinh Church Architecture

This pastel pink church, well admired for its appearance, reflects old Roman architecture with a Gothic flair. The nave of Tan Dinh Church is surrounded by a large barrel-vaulted roof with fake ceilings. A triforium and a small arched top gallery are also included. Two chapels, one dedicated to Mary and Joseph and the other to St Theresa, are located at the church's entrance on either side of the nave. Later, a U-shaped rear addition was added to the structure to provide seating on either side of the altar. Tan Dinh Church, in general, has a Renaissance feel about it.

A three-meter-high cross rises atop the 52-meter-tall main tower. A 5.5-ton bell rests inside the tower. Two rows of columns line the inner sanctuary, and the altar is fashioned of Italian marble.


Tan Dinh Church History

The Tan Dinh Church in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) was built in the 19th century under the guidance of Father Donatien Eveillard during the French colonization of Vietnam. Construction began in 1870 and took six years to complete. It is Saigon's second largest church, after the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, which will be closed for renovations for the next two years. The Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres accepted Father Eveillard's request to open a school and orphanage close to the church in 1877, shortly after the building was dedicated. Father Eveillard died in 1883. Even now, the great man's grave can be located in the church.

The church and school buildings were reconstructed for the first time in the early 1890s under the direction of his successor, Father Louis-Eugene Louvet, because the existing structures needed to be updated. Tan Dinh Church was painted in the famous pink in 1949, after a few periodic refurbishments.


What famous world travel magazines wrote about the Tan Dinh Church

Tan Dinh Church, often known as the "Pink Church," has been named one of Conde Nast Traveler's top ten most romantic places on the planet.

Conde Nast Travel: "Tan Dinh Church is one of the oldest in Ho Chi Minh City. Considered among the country's most beautiful structures, it dates back to the 18th century, built under supervision of Father Donatien Eveillard"

British Magazine: "On the outside, it’s a more salmon-like shade, while the interior is painted a strawberry and cream hue".

Address: 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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