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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  • SAINT LOUIS CATHEDRAL. FdF. I think that this place, a temple, it is the first, may be the only one to visit in the capital. Really original, and pretty, the external (Gustave Eiffel, they say), and bright inside with beautiful stained glass windows. We also went there during a Sung mass. A beautiful memory. But not a word in creole! What a pity. .
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  • My wife and I stopped into the cathedral while visiting Fort-de-France during a cruise. There really isn’t much to the town and is not really geared towards tourists. Nevertheless, we came across the ...  more »
  • The exterior renovation of the Cathedral is the most successful. The shades of gray are superb, the arrow: real lace.
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  • Interesting Cathedral built with iron works by Pierre-Henri Picq who was influenced by Eiffel. Very close to the cruise port and along the way to the Schoelcher Library.
  • 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
  • The center of fort de france
  • Closed for refurbishment but the outside looked nice!

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