iciHaiti - Did you know ? : «Cross of the old Cathedral of Port-au-Prince»
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.