Cathédrale Sainte Marie, Libreville, Gabon 

The Sainte-Marie cathedral, built in 1958 by Bishop Adama, was built on the site of the former Fort d’Aumale, the first post built by the French Navy in 1843. It dominates the boulevard and has pretty stained glass windows. It was built to replace a first church, Notre-Dame de Neiges, still standing but not visiting. It was built and blessed in 1864 by Bishop Bessieux who stands in front of this church alongside Bishop Le Berre, Bishop Martrou and Bishop Ndong, other great figures of the archdiocese. The Masses celebrated are often full, alive and bridged with gospel music. A beautiful way to discover the religious fervor of the Gabonese people.

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