According to official Vietnamese newspapers, the Notre Dame Cathedral is currently closed for 2 years for renovation. The Notre Dame Cathedral (District 1 - THCM) is undergoing renovation works for a period of 2 years with an estimated cost of VND 140 billion, so it will be temporarily closed for tourists to visit inside the church. Notre Dame Cathedral is located right in the city center in District 1, HCMC. After 137 years of operation (since 1880), to date, many parts are seriously degraded. The Representative of Saigon Diocese - Father Ho Van Xuan - Head of the Restoration Committee said: "From the beginning of July, the construction team has prepared for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is expected to be completed by early 2020". "During the restoration, the sightseeing in the church will pause to ensure the safety of visitors and create space for the construction team to be more convenient in restoration" - Father Ho Van Xuan added. Previously, the Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism submitted to Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee the urgent renovation project of the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral. The roof of the cathedral to be repaired is 91m long, 35m wide and 57.3m high. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral (official name: Basilica of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception) is the cathedral of Saigon Archdiocese. This is also a large and special Catholic church, one of the works bearing the European architecture, especially France (at the end of the 19th century - the beginning of the 20th century). According to the document, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built on October 7, 1877, by the Bishop Isodore Comlombert, who laid the first brick and put it into operation in 1880. During construction, all materials from cement, steel to screws were brought from France. The exterior of the cathedral made of bricks produced in Marseille (France).