Ouagadougou Cathedral

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Cathedral of Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou (French: Cathédrale de l'Immaculée-Conception de Ouagadougou) is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ouagadougou in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It was built in the 1930s and is one of the largest cathedrals in the western African countries.[1]

The cathedral's interior

The building material is mudbrick, traditional in the region. The architecture is reminiscent of a European romanesque basilica, but intentionally[citation needed] evokes the impression of incompleteness. The basilica shape is realised only in two basic levels so that the edifice resembles a manor house or mansion, though covering a wide area. Especially noticeable are the two steeples of different height, unfeignedly unfinished and lacking any spire.


Coordinates: 12°21′43″N 1°31′37″W / 12.361979°N 1.526989°W / 12.361979; -1.526989