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SATravelers13 wrote a review Apr. 2020
San Antonio, Texas172 contributions51 helpful votes
We have visited the cathedral before but the last time we were there was for the wedding of our good friends. So much history has been destroyed as the cathedral was extensively damaged in a fire last night, Easter Sunday 2020. I hope they are able to find out what happened and possibly rebuild the cathedral but unfortunately the dome was completely destroyed 😭
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Date of experience: May 2019
2 Helpful votes
Andrew M wrote a review Jan. 2020
7144 contributions1215 helpful votes
The Milot Cathedral is located just below the ruins of the Sans Souci Palace. It is a functioning church, and services were going on when I visited. I didn't try to enter but took photos from the outside. Best photos are taken from the ruins of the palace. The cathedral is circular and painted white with blue highlights. It has arched entrances to the west and north, and a series of arched windows around the structure. The most impressive area is the western entrance which is a portico with four columns. The triangular design above the columns would not be out of place in ancient Greece. The northern entrance has quite a few steps leading up to it. The design of this area is similar to the western section, as there are three arches with a triangular shape at the top. The main difference here is that there are no columns supporting a portico. The dome shaped roof has black tiles and is topped by a cross. Also in the northern section is what we thought was a bell tower. This is a two story structure with an arch shaped door and two arch shaped windows above it. These arched designs are repeated on all sides of the structure. The roof is pyramid shaped and has a cross atop. The church is probably the oldest in Haiti, as it was built between 1810-1813. King Henri Christophe was crowned in this cathedral. The church was destroyed by the 1842 earthquake, which also destroyed the nearby palace. The church was extensively repaired and restored between 1930-1933. To the west of the church, in a small park, is a statue of King Henri Christophe. After visiting this area, walk up to the palace to view the ruins. The Citadelle is also a must visit, a long uphill hike south west of this location.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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LeGrace B wrote a review Jul. 2017
Ithaca, New York133 contributions54 helpful votes
This small gem of a church, with a rich history from the time of King Henry If at the gate of Sans Souci palace and is worth a few minutes before or after visiting the palace.
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Date of experience: November 2016
Jen wrote a review Jan. 2017
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions8 helpful votes
I've never been able to go inside this building but from the outside it is still quite impressive. A Catholic building that was restored in the past decade I believe, its style is seems more like a mosque than a modern day church.
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Date of experience: September 2016
Metravellingagain wrote a review Dec. 2016
90 contributions60 helpful votes
I found that cathedral uninteresting from the outside. We could not visit the inside because it was closed. I am not sure it is on a tourist circuit but given it is next to the Palais, you have to go in front of it.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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