Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos

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Christ Church Cathedral, Lagos
Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina Lagos
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Christ Church Cathedral, Lagos
6°27′03″N 3°23′25″E / 6.4508°N 3.3902°E / 6.4508; 3.3902Coordinates: 6°27′03″N 3°23′25″E / 6.4508°N 3.3902°E / 6.4508; 3.3902
LocationLagos
CountryNigeria
DenominationAnglican
Websitethecathedrallagos.org
Architecture
Architect(s)Bagan Benjamin[1]
Architectural typeNorman Gothic
Groundbreaking1924
Completed1946
Administration
DioceseDiocese of Lagos
Clergy
ProvostAdebola Ojofeitimi
Canon(s)Niyi Agesin
Laity
Organist/Director of musicTunde Sosan

The Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, Lagos is an Anglican cathedral on Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria.[2][3]

History[edit]

Interior of Church of Christ

The foundation stone for the first cathedral building was laid on 29 March 1867 and the cathedral was established in 1869.

Construction of the current building to designs by architect Bagan Benjamin started on 1 November 1924. The foundation stone was laid by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) on 21 April 1925.[4] It was completed in 1946.

In 1976 the relics of Rev Dr Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a former Yoruba slave who became the first African bishop in the Anglican Church, were translated to the cathedral. There is a cenotaph erected as a memorial of him.[5]

It is popularly known as the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, is the oldest Anglican cathedral in the Church of Nigeria. At various times in its history, the cathedral was the seat of the archbishop of the Province of West Africa, the seat of the archbishop and primate of All Nigeria and the seat of the archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos. It is currently the seat of the Bishop of Lagos.

Gallery[edit]

A side View The Cathedral at CMS, Lagos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Architecture of the British Empire, Jan Morris, Vendome Press, 1986.
  2. ^ Colonial architecture in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Cordelia Olatokunbo Osasona, A. D. C. Hyland, 2006
  3. ^ Nigeria. Bradt Travel Guides. 2008. ISBN 978-1-84162-239-2.
  4. ^ Birds of paradise: from the bights of Benin & Biafra to a New World. Precious Spencilene Benson. Pretel Productions, 2001 Nigeria. P.193
  5. ^ http://www.nigerianbestforum.com/blog/83-year-old-orewande-januario/