Notre-Dame Cathedral of the Marquesas Islands

Nuku Hiva

This striking building is built from wood and stones on a former sacred site venerated by the ancient Marquesans. The stones come from the archipelago’s six inhabited islands. Pop in to see Marquesan carved religious figures or come for Sunday service at 8am for hauntingly beautiful harmonies.

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