Notre Dame Cathedral, Papeete

3.1
#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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  • Located in center of Papette. The Cathedral lacks somewhat the splendor of other churches we have visited. The picture on Tripadivsor is a fair representation of what one will see.  more »
  • Our cruise had been to a number of small islands and then, wham, welcome to the hustle and bustle of Papeete. While strolling the area near the harbor, we found Notre Dame and found it to be a quiet p...  more »
  • Absolutely nothing much about this church, but given the lack of things to do in Tahiti, might be an option.
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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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