St. Louis Cathedral, Fort-de-France

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3.5/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
St. Louis Cathedral is a late 19th-century Romanesque Revival church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France in Martinique, an overseas department of France. It is located in the downtown area of the capital city 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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  • La.facade was under renovation so we couldn't really judge her. But the inside is very nice. Deserves to be seen.
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  • the Cathedral is undergoing renovation for years unfortunately. Inside you will find a beautiful stained glass windows. I love to go in the morning for example when I have a free moment I sit and pray. It is a place where you can quietly do the void. It is a beautiful work it takes to maintain. My daughter made her confirmation in may 2015 and it was a moment very hard.
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  • We have visited this Cathedral on the morning on the day before of a party. The many festive dressed children and young people who took part in the worship, have made for a particularly festive mood. Gothic-looking pillars made of cast steel are an architectural characteristic of this building and probably a response to the dangers of tropical storms and the volcanism. Worth seeing are the colorful stained glass Windows. If possible a guide or an audio guide would be helpful, we could not claim however that because of worship.
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  • Not bad for a cathedral
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