Notre Dame Cathedral, Papeete

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#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in French Polynesia
Enter a bright, warm, and welcoming church at Notre Dame Cathedral, whose late 19th-century structure represents one of the last remaining examples of early colonial architecture in Papeete. With its yellow exterior and red steeple, the gentle palette of colors blends in with the locale and the atmosphere of the town. Inside, the art and design represent both European and indigenous sensibilities, creating a synthesis that feels contemporary and engaging. You're encouraged to go in and look around, but do remember that it still functions as a place of worship. Plan to visit Notre Dame Cathedral during your Papeete vacation using our convenient Papeete vacation trip planner.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Whilst in Papeete its hard not to notice the Cathedral which is visible form several areas of the town. Its a central focal point with its high tower. Impressive structure on the outside and pleasingl...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    An interesting building and landmark. From here there are lots of places to explore. Markets are not far away and it is only a short walk to the harbour.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    We stopped at this Cathedral for a minute of silence. There's nothing really that deserves to be mentioned and tea the other day around the church there are facilities in need
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