St Joseph's Cathedral, Asmara

St Joseph's Cathedral, Asmara

The St Joseph's Cathedral in Asmara, Eritrea is a large Lombard-Romanesque style cathedral in the centre of the city that was built when Eritrea was an Italian colony. It is the seat of the Ethiopian Catholic bishop of the eparchy of Asmara. The Ethiopian Catholic Church is an autonomous particular church of the Roman Catholic Church. The building took six years to construct and was consecrated in 1922. Its tall gothic tower is loosely based on the one of Big Ben, the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, London. The tower rises 57 metres into the sky and it is possible to tour the tower and see fantastic views of the art deco city. On the cathedral site, there is also a primary school, a monastery, and a convent, all of which have existed since the initial construction of the cathedral.

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