St. Louis Cathedral, Fort-de-France
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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.To find out how to plan a trip to Fort-de-France, use our trip itinerary maker.
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.
Before 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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Très beau bâtiment réalisé de facon non conventionnelle pour une eglise livree en jeux de construction !Surprenant et très bien situé au coeur d’un quartier intéressant. more »Very nice building made in unconventional way for a church delivered in construction games! Surprising and very well located in the heart of an interesting neighborhood.
Vista la distanza delle spiagge più carine dal porto di Fort de France abbiamo optato per una visita in città; interessante la cattedrale Saint Louis e il mercatino. La città è nel complesso carina, g... more »Given the distance of the prettiest beaches from the port of Fort de France we opted for a visit to the city; Interesting the Saint Louis Cathedral and the market. The City is on the whole cute, friendly people, average standard of living. If you want you can take advantage of a free beach "La Francaise" near the port. Be careful of some character like "pickpockets"... Free Iguana along the beach. Some difficulties in finding Wi-Fi. You use the euro, but some exercise also accepts dollars. Return to the ship on foot.
Cathedral..ok old, ugly but with holy spirit.. but the view over fort de France.. woe
Lovely church in central area of City
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