St. Joseph's Cathedral, Asmara

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St. Joseph's Cathedral
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Basic information
Location Asmara, Eritrea
Geographic coordinates 15°20′12″N 38°56′16″E / 15.33667°N 38.93778°E / 15.33667; 38.93778Coordinates: 15°20′12″N 38°56′16″E / 15.33667°N 38.93778°E / 15.33667; 38.93778
Affiliation Roman Catholic (1922-1961), Eritrean Catholic Church (1961-present)
Year consecrated 1922
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Architectural description
Architectural style Lombard Romanesque & Gothic architecture (tower)
Completed 1928

St. Joseph's Cathedral is a large Romanesque style cathedral in the centre of the city of Asmara, Eritrea. It was built in 1922 by the colonial authorities in Italian Eritrea. The edifice was constructed in the Lombard Romanesque style, and is now the seat of the Eparchy of Asmara.[1] The Catholic Church in Eritrea is a part of the Eritrean Catholic Church, an autonomous particular church in communion with the Pope of Rome.[2]

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The building took six years to construct and was consecrated in 1922. The tower rises 52 meters[3] into the sky and it is possible to tour the tower and see fantastic views of the art deco city. On the cathedral site, there is also a primary school, a monastery, and a convent, all of which have existed since the initial construction of the cathedral.

Menghesteab Tesfamariam, M.C.C.J., is the current eparch. On 18 September 2012 he was named by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as one of the Synod Fathers for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization which was held in October 2012.[4]

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