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Address: Einfahrtsstrasse von Praia nach Cidade Velha, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629, Cape Verde

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The ruins of the first cathedral in Africa are a must see

This is the project that defied all odds and got built. A grandiose catholic cathedral, the first built in Africa. It was controversial because it was not built at the center of... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Above the center of today's Cidade Velha village are the ruins of the old cathedral. Coming from the simple houses of the Rua Banana one is surprised by the gigantic walls still standing. The whole site is somewhat incongruous with the rest of the place. No surprise this megalomaniac construction, which took over 100 years to be built, stands now... More 

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New York City
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is the project that defied all odds and got built. A grandiose catholic cathedral, the first built in Africa. It was controversial because it was not built at the center of the old capital, but slightly about and outside the center. Currently, all that remains are some of the wall and the interior doubles as a small soccer pitch... More 

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Wervik, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

these are the ruines of the first cathedral built in africa (as we have been told) the size is abnormally huge compared to the number of inhabitants in that village in those days. bit ridiculous

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Witney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

These are situated on the hill coming up the road out of Cidade Velha. The ruins consist mainly of walls and you can wander around at your leisure.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015

Although the cathedral is in ruins, there remain a number of tall walls and if you look closely you'll see some original tile and brick work. There's also original tombstones. This is the first cathedral built on the West African coast; construction began in 1556 and was completed in 1700. The area is fairly well maintained, but like most sights... More 

1 Thank patrickmeyer
Kigali, Rwanda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2015

This is a great example of a neat place that needs a tour guide. One of the local youth could cover it and make a euro or two per visitor. It's strewn with trash, wandering animals, but could be really nice.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014

Walk around the ruins - the cathedral must have been impressive for the time it was built. You do not really need a guide for it: there is a board in it which tells the history of the cathedral.

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Rabat, Morocco
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

The cathedral itself is little more than ruins which are falling apart (or being taken apart) more and more each day. But the first cathedral in West Africa and the first Colonial Cathedral anywhere is worth visiting just to get a sense of the age of exploration. This huge building dominates Cidade Velha and affords a very lovely view of... More 

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