Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Noumea

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Dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Catholic Saint Joseph's Cathedral serves as one the island's landmarks, dating back to the 19th century. Architects scrapped the original idea of including traditional spires fearing damage from cyclones, and instead endowed the stone building with large stained-glass windows and an intricately carved pulpit, altar panels, and confessional. Don't be discouraged if you find the main door closed upon your arrival. Make your way to the side doors, which remain unlocked throughout the day. Our Noumea trip itinerary maker makes visiting Saint Joseph's Cathedral and other Noumea attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A beautiful church that shows the old beauty and charm. It was very serene inside and peaceful . Love it!  more »
  • Not to be missed to have time in prayer and light some candles everywhere walked it from Anse Vata which took us around 45 minutes, a really beautiful walk through Lemon bay and along the coast. I ima...  more »
  • Great place, built by the convicts. Located in height, one has a view on the city.
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  • Closed in Jan 2017 for repairs. The structure looked amazing and a statue of Joan of Arc on the outside was astounding. Wish I could have gone in.
  • It was under some kind of maintenance, so I was not able to get into there ! Such a shame ! But I definitely took some great pictures
  • A nice piece of architecture that can be walked to if you arrive on a cruise.
  • On our holiday in December 2015 (New year's eve at 8.00pm) my partner proposed marriage to me on the front steps of the Cathedral of Noumea and this was very powerful spiritual experience. We also attended Church on the Sunday with my partner knowing French and I didn't, I somewhat knew what was going on throughout the service and the people there were very inviting and warming, if you are not religious I would recommend that you go.
  • Solemn. Sacred. Serenity. A small historical Catholic church which is very interesting. The religious artifacts inside is something not to miss. Easy access by foot, parking can be challenging.

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There are few budget options in Nouméa, but a good selection of mid-range hotels. Most are concentrated in Anse Vata, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, where you'll find palm-fringed beaches and plentiful bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. For something a little more central, consider one of the comfortable hotels around Place Des Cocotiers. The picturesque square is close to the marinas and cathedral, and makes a great base from which to explore the city.
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