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. Arrange your visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Papeete using our Papeete travel route planner .
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  • The best place we visited in Papette. Lovely church. It is right in the center of the city. Good place to start your tour.  more »
  • Visited here on a recent cruise tour....at the same time there was a baptism or some type of service at the time so made it more special.  more »
  • In Papeete, a symbol of Church, located near the market. Is inside the stained-glass Windows based on canoeing, flying fish, ukulele, really excellent and Island Nations in the South. Wooden infant Jesus held Maria have Durian than I thought was amusing.
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The best selection of hotels in Pape'ete is concentrated in the vicinity of the docks--a vibrant area with plenty of nightlife, and in close proximity to the bustling market. Options range from pricey international hotels to very affordable bed and breakfasts and family-run boarding houses. A little farther afield (and much higher up the price range), luxurious five-star resorts offer private beaches, pools, and bungalows above the gently lapping waves of the lagoon.
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