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An immaculate view in PoS

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Corpus Christi procession makes its way into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port-of-Spain.

The fifth installment of Architectural Delights, captured pictorially by Edison Boodoosingh, focuses on the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located in east Port-of-Spain, on Independence Square.

Construction on the Cathedral began in 1816 and the edifice was constructed from limestone quarried from the Laventille Hills.

The seat of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain, this Gothic-styled Roman Catholic church was built in the shape of a Latin Cross with an underground crypt, the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin being the last to be interred in 2000.

There have been many significant moments in the history of this immaculately structured historic site.

The venue for the installing of successive archbishops, the last being Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, the Cathedral was also a target during the 1970 Black Power disturbances when protestors stormed its interior and defaced statues of saints.

Legendary Laventille community leader and Desperadoes steel orchestra leader Rudolph Charles was also churched at the cathedral.

Having undergone recent intensive renovations the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception remains a standing monument and pillar to Roman Catholicism in T&T.


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