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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  • An oasis of calm in the city center... Point kilometre 0 of whole island... Pretty local architecture and interior décor sleek and typical... That we're a believer or not, it brings a nice and indispensable serenity looking for the spiritual...
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  • Arriving in Tahiti I thought to find the Catholic faith and the animist faith, nothing further from the truth. Circling the island one can give an account of different amount of belief that the inhabitants of Tahiti have. The amount of churches and variety are a symptom of deep faith that has this people to the Ethereal. The churches are generally built of stone or brick in European style and notre dame does not differ, strong and relaxing infuses a quiet moment to those who believe. If you happen to pass by, stop, come on in and sit down to think, take five minutes and you will see that they will not be wasted.
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  • Take some time to visit this church. Easy to find among the shopping area of town. Nothing fancy. Just sit and take a few minutes to enjoy.  more »

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