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Address: Stone Town, Tanzania

This 1987 Romanesque cathedral’s stately spires can be seen from the sea as...

This 1987 Romanesque cathedral’s stately spires can be seen from the sea as you approach Stone Town.

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church in the Baghani area of Stone Town in Carhedral Street. It is an important historical building which was built by French... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Multan, Pakistan
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Multan, Pakistan
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church in the Baghani area of Stone Town in Carhedral Street. It is an important historical building which was built by French missionaries between 1893 and 1898. Its twin spires are similar to those of Marseille’s church. The cathedral interior is painted with murals from the Old Testament, many of which have deteriorated... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

St Joseph's Cathedral Church is a historic attraction in the heart of Stone Town. The narrow streets are lined by rows of shops selling artifacts, textiles, paintings,jewelry, fruits. I was surprised that many people do not know of this church. There were no visitors except us. The Saxon made it a point that we make a donation before he opened... More 

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

I attended the 9am mass, which is in Kiswahili. The unexpected part is that the mass took two hours; it seemed this is the normal routine, so if you are going to the 9am, plan for that. But staying the full two hours is so worth it, because they have an AMAZING choir! This is the first time I've heard... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2015 via mobile

This was a beautiful old church, unfortunately we were not able to go inside. The exterior was very pretty and the history related to us by the guide was fascinating.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014

The mass times on Sunday for this church are: 1) 7:00am 2) 9:00am 3) 4:30pm The mass at 9:00am (which I attended) was conducted in Kiswahili. Not sure about the other times.

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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We were wondering around Stone Town and stumbled across St. Joseph's Church. It took us a bit to find the entrance since the regular front entrench was locked, but once we figured out how to get in - it was great! We walked around the grounds and eventually went into the church where there was a wedding taking place! What... More 

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013

This is an area abundant in religious monuments and buildings. Over 50 mosques and many Christian churches and Hindu temples. This cathedral would be the best choice to see as a building representative of the Christian faith in this area.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

This church is unfortunately closed most of the time and the best time to visit it is for interested tourists to go during the mass. The building is quite beautiful and if you do not wish to participate in the mass just sit for 5-10 min in a pew and admire the interior.

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