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Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul: a little byzantine something

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In the heart of the city, the beautiful Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul stands upon the ruins of Douala's first catholic church.

When standing at the roundabout on the boulevard de la Liberté, you will see the cathedral's thin outline. Dedicated to the apostles St Peter and St Paul, it was built in 1936 by French Spiritans fathers right in front of the city cemetery. Once stood there the first catholic church built by German Pallotins fathers at the end of the 19th century.

Two twin towers surround the central front. The various columns and the dome give the edifice a byzantine look. But look closely and you shall also notice neo-roman architecture, especially on its front. Nowadays, the cathedral is head office to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Douala, which covers the coastline, western province and some of the central areas of the country.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Douala
Rue Joss (in line with the boulevard de la Liberté)

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