Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul, Tunis

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Opened in 1897 on the site of an 17th century Christian church, Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul represents a colonial era Roman Catholic cathedral and an iconic building of the Tunisian capital. The custard-colored structure with white edges has a triple arch entrance topped by a shimmering portal mosaic, a large Latin cross, and tall twin bell towers. Blending neo-Gothic, neo-Byzantine, and Moorish revival styles, the cathedral holds regular masses in French and Italian. The building is an active seat of the Archdiocese of Tunis. Start your trip to Tunis by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • As Tunisia once was under French Protectorate Catholic Religion played an important roll in this Muslim country. The cathedral is a very interesting place to visit and for free.  more »
  • It's interesting to have this catholic church in the city where the majority of the population are muslims. The building looks nice from outside. My 3 star ratings goes to the fact that the church is....  more »
  • This cathedral was unfortunately closed each time we strolled by. Simplely the fact of its stature on Ave Habib Bourguiba is impressive and a testament to the tolerance of Tunisians.  more »
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  • This is the beauty of Tunisia....right next to the populous old city of Tunisia, here is St Vincent Cathedral, refreshing memory of the impact of old colonial era on the society here......
  • Beautiful cathedral in front of the french embassy in the most popular street in a muslim country, you should visit it when you come to tunisia
  • The Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul (French: Cathédrale Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Tunis) is a Roman Catholic church located in Tunis, Tunisia. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul, patron saint of charity. It is the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Tunis and is situated at Place de l'Indépendence in Ville Nouvelle, a crossroads between Avenue Habib Bourguiba and Avenue de France, opposite the French embassy.
  • The Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul (French: Cathédrale Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Tunis) is a Roman Catholic church located in Tunis, Tunisia. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul, patron saint of charity. It is the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Tunis and is situated at Place de l'Indépendence in Ville Nouvelle, a crossroads between Avenue Habib Bourguiba and Avenue de France, opposite the French embassy. The church, designed by L. Bonnet-Labranche, was built in a mixture of styles, including Moorish revival, Gothic revival, and Neo-Byzantine architectural traditions. Construction began in 1893 and the church was opened at Christmas 1897, albeit without its belltowers owing to a shortage of funds. The reinforced concrete towers were completed in 1910 using the Hennebique technique. Cardinal Charles Lavigerie laid the first stone for a church on 7 November 1881, a little further down Avenue de la Marine (now Avenue Habib Bourguiba). This was a pro-cathedral; the cathedral of the archdiocese (then called Carthage) being the Saint Louis Cathedral. The pro-cathedral was built quickly, but its condition soon deteriorated due to the adverse ground conditions, necessitating the construction of the current cathedral. The number of Roman Catholics in Tunisia fell rapidly following Tunisian independence from France. A modus vivendi reached between the Republic of Tunisia and the Vatican in 1964 resulted in the transfer of selected buildings to the Tunisian state for public use, including the Acropolium of Carthage in Carthage. However, the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul remains under the ownership and operation of the Roman Catholic Church in Tunisia. It's only open on Saturday that I know of.
  • It reflects the peaceful coexistence of all religions in Tunisia

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