St. Louis Cathedral, Fort-de-France
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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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  • Great city tour near Martinique ! Beautiful house design - tradition French , nice people's - a bit expensive than US market. Overall had a wonderful trip 
  • Wanting to visit a lovely church while here, we made the trip to see St. Louis Cathedral. The exterior is a very unique style that reminded me very much of the buildings in the Alsace region of France...  more »
  • The exterior is under renovation and not spectacular, but stained glass windows are worth admiring from the inside. The history of the church (built 1878) and its predecessors is summarized succinctly...  more »
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  • Stunning church. The mason work is exquisite. Beautiful stained glass windows. Nice arch ways
  • If you white..best to stay away...the looks you will get will only make u angry
  • Small local Cathedral to the image of Martinique. There are very nice mosaics. A place steeped in history.
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  • Saint Louis Cathedral is a must-see for a sightseeing trip.
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  • It's a small corner of relaxation and folk in the city
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