Nôtre Dame Cathedral


Built under Belgian rule in 1947, this brick cathedral is one of Kinshasa's most important religious buildings.

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Nearby Kinshasa attractions

1. Académie des Beaux-Arts

0.16 MILES

This regarded art school has loads of sculpture around the grounds, and you can often see students and professors at work.

2. Palais du Peuple

0.82 MILES

The Palais du Peuple (People's Palace) is home to DRC's legislature, made up of the National Assembly and Senate. It is not open to the public.

3. Marché Central

1.53 MILES

This one of the largest markets in Central Africa, and is worth visiting for the intrepid. Watch your belongings (better still, bring nothing with you at…

4. Laurent Kabila's Tomb

1.68 MILES

This tomb of former president Laurent Kabila (1939-2001) is worth seeing, although reaching it involves passing through several layers of security in the…

5. Palais de la Nation

1.77 MILES

Built in 1956 as the official residence of the Belgian governor general in Kinshasa, the Palais de la Nation was where Congo's first president, Patrick…

6. Église Ste Anne

2.11 MILES

Part of a large missionary compound, the Église Ste Anne is Kinshasa's main Catholic church.

7. La Corniche

3.24 MILES

This wonderful modernised embankment is a great place for a stroll, and affords fantastic views over the Congo River to Kinshasa, looming in the distance…

8. Palais du Peuple

3.27 MILES

Heavily guarded and best not approached or photographed, this is the residence of Congo's long-term president, Denis Sassou N'Guesso.