Cathedrale Notre Dame, Porto Novo, Benin 

Located at the entrance of the city and bordering the lagoon of Porto-Novo, the Cathedral Parish remains the most beautiful church of the city by its architecture and also because of the opportunity of welcome offered to any traveler from of Cotonou. 

Constituted of more than twenty five (25) quarters, the Cathedral Parish remains the political heart of the city – political capital of Benin and seat of high political institutions – legal – military and paramilitary. 

It does not, however, have the absolute exclusivity of religiosity. All major religions and cults of Benin are represented, predisposing then the Cathedral Parish to many challenges of evangelization including the challenge of in culturation – the challenge of inter religious dialogue for the construction of a society of justice and peace where the human dignity – religious freedom – and the common good are respected and promoted. 

Built in 1864, the cathedral since 2014 is a jubilee of 150 years of evangelization. 

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