Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, Seychelles

Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, Seychelles Overview

Commonly known as Victoria Cathedral, The Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the first churches built in Seychelles. Close to the city centre, this beautiful building is located near the Clock Tower in Olivier Maradan Street in Victoria. Being the largest Catholic church in Seychelles, it is beautiful and is built similar to the French style. The local people of Victoria spend quiet hours in worship here. Visitors flock to see the marvels of the majestic building and its surrounding grounds.

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Architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The pristine white building with its regal stone staircase at the main entrance is the single most outstanding feature of the cathedral. There are white stone pillars that grandly stand on the either side of the door with stained glass windows. At the back, is the bell tower which was built in 1898. As you step inside the cathedral, you have to climb four stone steps to access the rows of pews which lead to the altar. The pews are made of wood, and there are coloured stone flags all along the aisle. The altar is always beautifully decorated with flowers adding on to the church's divine ambience. 
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Inside the church (Source)

History of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The Victoria Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Seychelles. Built on the place where Father Leon of Avanchers, in March 1851, set the first vault, the cathedral was devoted to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception. The church was constructed in 1892 and is one of the earliest churches of Seychelles. After a renovation which lasted two years from 1993 to 1995, the entire structure except the exterior walls had a makeover. The new doors with their intricate carvings and a beautiful tabernacle were added by the sculptor of Seychelles, Egbert Marday. In 2001, the cathedral became the final resting place of the first Bishop of Seychelles, Felix Paul.

La Domus

La Domus is a two-storey priest house next to the cathedral built in 1834. The house impresses with its splendid granite exterior. The gardens surrounding the cathedral are a sight to behold. With space to host 700 people, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has plenty of space for local worshippers as well as tourists. 
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La Domus (Source)

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