St. Louis Cathedral, Fort-de-France

St. Louis Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in Martinique, an overseas department of France. It was built in the late 19th-century in the Romanesque Revival style, and serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France. The church is situated in the downtown area of the capital Fort-de-France, at the intersection of rue Victor Schoelcher and rue Blénac.The construction of the cathedral began in the mid-17th century and it opened in 1657. Due to the natural disasters that have plagued Fort-de-France over the years, the current structure dates back to 1895 and was built with an iron frame in order to withstand these calamities. It is the seventh church to be erected on the site; it was designed by Gustave Eiffel and built by Pierre-Henri Picq.HistoryBefore the present cathedral was completed in 1895, a total of six churches had previously been constructed on the site, the first of which was built in 1657. These were all destroyed by either fire, earthquakes or hurricanes. The loss of significant buildings was not uncommon in Fort-de-France, as devastating natural disasters frequently plagued the region. The cathedral that immediately preceded the present one was destroyed by fire in July 1890, a disaster that also obliterated three-quarters of the town. Pierre-Henri Picq was hired to be the architect and his design for the new cathedral was inspired by Gustave Eiffel, who was Picq's contemporary.
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  • Unusual cathedral that has a skeletal iron spire and some interesting sights inside. It's in the centre of Fort de France in the main shopping area  more »
  • A monument in the heart of the city. The Interior of the Cathedral resembles the Cathedral of metropolis with beautiful colored glass. This is the outside of the Cathedral that seems most unusual!
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  • We really did great, asked the middle of the city. Very rich at the levels of the stained glass windows. She's calm and soothing. Work is underway on the outside
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  • Attended 10:30 Sunday Mass in this beautiful church, which was held in English due to large number of cruise ship passengers attending. Wonderful experience - felt very welcome.
  • Stunning church. The mason work is exquisite. Beautiful stained glass windows. Nice arch ways
  • Closed for refurbishment but the outside looked nice!
  • If you white..best to stay away...the looks you will get will only make u angry
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