Hue, Vietnam was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnamese emperors. It's a small town in central Vietnam, and nowadays its big draws are the old imperial city and ancient imperial tombs. Most visitors only spend a day or two in Hue, visiting the top sites. If you have a little more time, take a walk through the town to visit these four beautiful and historic Roman Catholic churches for a different and lesser-seen side of the city.
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Francis Xavier Church is located in the heart of Hue's popular tourist area, surrounded by cafes, bars, hostels, and restaurants. It's very easy to find, and the tall steeple rises above the city, visible even from across the river.
18 Nguyen Tri Phuong St, Huế, Việt Nam
Giáo Xứ Gia Hội
This small local church, on the same side of the Perfume River as the Imperial City, was completely destroyed during the Vietnam War. After bombing by North Vietnamese forces, the church was destroyed, but a statue of St. Mary stood alone in the rubble, completely undamaged. It was rebuilt with the help of the US after they took the city. The church used to be Gothic-style, looking something like Notre Dame in Paris, but now looks simpler, although still very beautiful. If you are lucky, the caretaker, who speaks English, will show you around for free and tell you the history of the beautiful building.
10 Tô Hiến Thành, Phú Cát, Thành phố Huế, Huế
Redemptorist Church (Notre Dame)
This big and impressive Catholic church is surrounded by beautiful, calming gardens. Inside, incense burners are placed near family shrines, a reminder that while the church is definitely Roman Catholic, it is still Vietnamese. The church has a huge open sanctuary with beautiful stained glass and feels cool, light, and breezy.
142 Nguyen Hue Street | Phu Nhuan Ward, Hue, Vietnam
Phu Cam Cathedral
This big, modern-style cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Hue, which oversees five Roman Catholic diocese in central Vietnam. The cathedral is a big, beautiful building, but it's the gardens that are even more impressive. Walking past the statues, you'll find a very peaceful and quiet Marian grotto.
1 Đoàn Hữu Trưng, Phước Vĩnh, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế