Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mata-Utu
|Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Mata-Utu|
|Our Lady of Good Hope Cathedral|
View of earlier cathedral, in 1862
|Country||Wallis and Futuna|
|Dedication||Our Lady of the Assumption|
|Archdiocese||Archdiocese of Nouméa|
|Diocese||Diocese of Wallis et Futuna|
|Bishop(s)||Ghislain Marie Raoul Suzanne de Rasilly|
Matâ'Utu Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Matâ'Utu) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France, located in the town of Matâ'Utu on Uvea, in Wallis and Futuna. It is a dominant edifice in downtown Mata-Utu town, capital of Wallis Island. It bears the royal insignia of Wallis, a Maltese cross between its towers. The cathedral is also known as the "Our Lady of Good Hope Cathedral". It is the seat of Bishop Ghislain Marie Raoul Suzanne de Rasilly.
The cathedral overlooks the Wallis lagoon from Mata-Utu, which is the largest town and capital of Wallis Island and the territory as a whole. The Palace of the King of Uvéa, which features two-storey verandas, adjoins the cathedral. On the opposite side of the wharf is a platform known as Fale Fono which was used by Chief of the local tribes to address people. Several restaurants, markets, hotels and the post office are near the cathedral.
The imposing cathedral is built with blue volcanic stones, chiseled and trimmed by hand. It has two prominent towers, rectangular in shape, dominating the landscape near the wharf. Between the two towers, a blue Maltese cross has been affixed, which also appears on the flag of Wallis. The massive cathedral structure represents a distinctive "bulwark of Gaulish Catholicism". In 1951, construction of a coral block cathedral began.
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