St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Laâyoune: Address, St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral Reviews: 4/5

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral
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CarlitoUppsala
Laâyoune, Morocco67 contributions
Interestin church
Sep. 2020 • Business
The church seems to be open only at services. It is interesting since it is an old landmark in Laayoune from the time when the Spanish culture were present. See the photo exibition in the nave.
Written December 9, 2020
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Scott G
Washington DC, DC226 contributions
Visited exterior only
Feb. 2020
The church among the highlights to see in Laayoune; its archtecture is notable. Although I did not get to visit inside, I appreciate being able to see its outside.
Written February 22, 2020
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Andy M
Bournemouth249 contributions
Worth a look
May 2019 • Couples
It is really just quite a basic Catholic Church built in 60’s modernist architecture.
It is unusual because it is in a Muslim country. However it was built when the Spanish government was in control of the area.
In a town with not much attraction it could be one of the highlights.
The two priests are very knowledgeable of the local area and made the visit special for us by their welcoming hospitality.
Worth visiting.
Written May 12, 2019
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GARY H
London, UK249 contributions
A great example of 1940s Spanish architecure.
Oct. 2018 • Solo
This building is a few minutes ride from the main residential area and has some attractive gardens opposite . It appears to be a rare example of a Spanish Building in this new and growing city.
Written October 23, 2018
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NA
Leeds, UK332 contributions
Historic Catholic Cathedral
Jan. 2017 • Solo
Visited this church after a completely unexpected meeting (in the contested Western Sahara) with a group of mainland Chinese tourists. They believed that the famous Chinese/Taiwanese author Sanmao 三毛 was married to her Spanish husband here while writing her book Stories of the Sahara during the early 1970s.

Finding the cathedral (also apparently known as St Francis of Assisi Church) is not too difficult. On google maps, it's named the Spanish Church and sits opposite a public garden between Ave Hassan II and Blvd 28 February. While the cathedral is apparently used by local Spanish speakers and UN staff, the priest on duty insisted that the diocese has been through the records and there is no indication at all that Sanmao ever visited or married on the site.

Not being catholic or an architect, I cant comment authoritatively on the merits of the building. It was certainly peaceful and cool in the heat. And apparently it was designed by one of the two men, Diego Mendez, who was ordered by Franco to design the contentious Valley of the Fallen in San Lorenzo de el Escorial. All in all, worth a visit in a town that has very little of interest other than an oppressive police presence.
Written April 2, 2017
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