Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral, Taiohae

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Aj T
16 contributions
Incredible wood carvings
Dec 2019 • Couples
Quite grand on appearance walking up the humble dirt road walking towards this gem. A stone tiled square presents the arched wooden entry to the church. There are multiple intricate large wooden sculptures to enjoy inside the church which make it worth the trip. Highly recommend if visiting the island.
Written December 11, 2019
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Stephen W
Halifax, UK152 contributions
Spiritual
Feb 2019 • Solo
I found this Cathedral more by chance than design (not done enough homework on the island obviously) but found it incredibly spiritual. The carvings are quite beautiful as is the altar. It is a great place to give thanks for a safe passage across the Pacific. When I was there there were very few fellow cruise passengers so it was quite peaceful. Even at 70 I found the walk there easy although my companion, who has walking problems, had to forgo the experience. On another tack I found the welcome from the natives on arrival of our tender to be probably the best we had throughout the round the world voyage.
Written July 23, 2019
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC3,889 contributions
Memorable experience
May 2019 • Couples
We visited the Cathedral and found it to be a pleasant experience. Will offer you a quiet place to meditate or study the beautiful carvings .
Written May 4, 2019
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Eddiemack
Pompano Beach, FL415 contributions
Native Stone & Wood Carvings
Mar 2019 • Couples
We stopped at Nuku Hiva during a cruise. One of the places we visited was the Cathedral. Though all that remains of the original 19th century church is a portion of a stone wall, the current structure from 1977 is still worth a visit. Inside are stone and wood carvings provided by each of the islands of the Marquesas. Highlights are ironwood carvings of biblical stories that were clearly influenced by the island culture. For example, breadfruit is used in place of an olive tree and native spears are substituted for biblical swords. The church is within walking distance of the tender pier.
Written April 26, 2019
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Love2trvlalot
Bellingham, WA634 contributions
Peaceful and Clean
Mar 2019 • Couples
A peaceful respite from the heat and humidity. Beautiful woodwork at entrance to both church and church grounds. Inside church very open and clean. Locals discourage entering after rainstorm as it muddies the clean stone floors. Outside stone carvings and statue to Mary were touching.
Worth a visit for the architecture and setting.
Written April 13, 2019
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Wei Bing L
Ipoh, Malaysia315 contributions
A Fascinating & Secluded Place
Feb 2019 • Family
I visited Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas islands of French Polynesia as part of my cruise holiday with Oceania Cruises in February 2019 together with my Uncle. For your information, it took 2 days of cruising at sea to get to Nuku Hiva from Bora Bora, no kidding! The Marquesas are so far away from the Society islands of French Polynesia that not many tourists bother to come here.

After we arrived on shore, we walked from the tender pier all the way to the other end of the tarmac road in Taiohae, and back to the tender pier. We chanced upon this Cathedral along the way and went in to have a look. It was a serene place but I am sure it get very lively during Sunday Church congregations.

Near the tender jetty, I managed to purchase some souvenirs; a sea urchin & beads necklace for USD15 and 2 souvenir t-shirts for USD15 each, the cheapest t-shirts that I found in ALL OF FRENCH POLYNESIA!!! All the way out here in the Marquesas!!!

I must also say that if you want to swim at a beach in Taiohae, there is a yellow sand beach on the other side of the Tiki Tuhiva hill, where a huge statue of a warrior together with an ancient Polynesia God stands. By the way, the Tiki Tuhiva hill is definitely worth a visit for first-time visitors to Nuku Hiva, the scenery of the surrounding landscapes is SPECTACULAR from up here!!!
Written March 9, 2019
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Kathyindenver
Denver, CO367 contributions
Very interesting
Oct 2018 • Couples
Lovely location with fascinating history! This interesting and unusual cathedral is certainly worth visiting! What a setting--so beautiful!
Written November 6, 2018
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wayne m
Greensboro, NC1,162 contributions
Beautiful small Church inside
Oct 2018 • Couples
The wood carvings inside the church are absolutely magnificent. Lots of skilled craftsmen made these. Churches within walking distance of the local pier if you are not on a tour.
Written October 31, 2018
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel767 contributions
beautiful singing
Jul 2018 • Couples
we arrived just as the daily prayer began and we witnessed some of the loveliest singing by the people praying themselves.
the church itself is interesting with some local motifs embedded like the 2 guardsman guarding the enterence
Written July 16, 2018
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,036 contributions
A "must see" once you are in Nuku Hiva
Jun 2018
This cathedral is very "out of place" - not to be imagined on a South Pacific isle! It is a lovely large church not too far from the cruise docking area (possibly 15-minutes walk). The exterior is beautiful, but the interior is light, airy, and full of beautifully carved statues depicting all sorts of history. It is definitely worth the walk (even in the heat of day) to see what the islanders have built and decorated.
Written June 24, 2018
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