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Immaculate Conception Church
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St Lucia Highlights Tour
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Castries
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Owner description: One of the largest churches in the West Indies has some lovely frescoes.
Reviewed January 19, 2014

a beautiful church....has definitely had some damage from storms and hurricanes which is a shame. You can see that they don't have the funds for restoration but lovely to walk through and we have been to many churches around the world. If you are looking for a comparison to Europe, don't. Recognize the fact you are in the tropics.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We liked being in the middle of the capital city. But the driving was pretty challenging. We asked if we could park someplace and the guy sitting at the taxi stand said yes (even though we found out later it was for taxis). The Cathedral is one-of-a-kind. it is in disrepair in some places. I was glad we took a look. Seems like a living place.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

It was ok just for a brief visit - seemed very busy with weddings, funerals etc. Some guests found it good to visit on sundays

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is well worth a visit. We had a walk round Castries before taking a taxi tour around other sites, and called in to the cathedral. It was empty and beautiful. Tours don't seem to stop here, but drive by, so well worth stopping. Very uncommercialised but open and available to visit.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We skipped our cruise ship's shore excursions to wander the streets of Castries to see what the town was like and to see how the St Lucians lived. We came across the Cathedral of Castries and were surprised to see that it was Roman Catholic, rather than Anglican. Although many of the islands of the eastern Caribbean were British, St Lucia was founded by the French, and Castries was named after a French nobleman. The British subsequently took over in the 1800s, but the French influence remained.

The Cathedral is quite large and rather attractive in a low key sort of way. In the Catholic style, there were side altars, and paintings on the walls depicting religious motifs, but there was not the magnificent artwork typical of the great churches of Europe. The ceiling was adorned with painted religious scenes, but they were rather faded. Below the roof were clerestory windows which provided a lot of interior illumination.

We visited on a Wednesday in midmorning, so there was no service underway, but there were a number of St Lucians seated around the church praying or experiencing the quiet contemplation that a church permits.

In the rear of the church was a sign indicating that there was a renovation fund to which we contributed. We hope that someday soon the proud St Lucians will be able to enhance the beauty of their cathedral.

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