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iciHaiti - Did you know ? : «Cross of the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince»
07/11/2023 08:30:22

iciHaiti - Did you know ? : «Cross of the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince»
The Cross of the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, included in the collection of the Museum of the Haitian National Pantheon (MUPANAH), comes from the parish church of Port-au-Prince (1771-1991). This church was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan Cathedral following the signing of the concordat of 1860 between the Holy See of Rome and the Haitian State, under the presidency of Fabre Geffrard.

The old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince was a privileged witness to the Revolution of Santo Domingo and many significant events in the history of Haiti. It was in this place that in 1799, Toussaint Louverture launched the call for mobilization against the reestablishment of slavery. He proclaimed the constitution of 1801 there.

The South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar received a solemn welcome there during his stay in Haiti in 1816. It was in this cathedral that the coronation ceremonies of Faustin Soulouque and Emperor of Haiti, under the name of Faustin I.

At the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, a Te Deum was sung to welcome the remains of Toussaint Louverture, repatriated from France, before entering the Haitian National Pantheon, on April 7, 1983.

Although this building is no longer there, fortunately there are relics such as "the Cross of the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince" kept at MUPANAH, which can testify to the historical significance of this lost monument and its importance in the social and artistic habits of the city Port-au-Prince.


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