32.7% of the Mauritian population adheres to Christianity and Christian beliefs. Christianity was introduced in Mauritius with the arrival of the Dutch and today; some churches are scattered in different parts of the island. One of the most significant among them is the Saint Gabriel Church.
This grand church is located right at the heart of Rodrigues Island and has one of the largest Port Louis diocese congregations. The religious building serves as a cathedral of the Catholic Church's Apostolic Vicariate of Rodrigues. The construction of the church began on 18th October 1936, and it was completed on 10th December 1939 when the British rule colonised Mauritius. Hardworking local volunteers hoisted sand, stone and corals from all parts of the island. It is also the seat of the bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Rodrigues. Hundreds of people from all parts of the island gather here every Sunday for the Mass.
A visit to the Saint Gabriel Church should be at the forefront of your travel plans to Rodrigues Island.
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