St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Zanzibar Archipelago

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral
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This 1987 Romanesque cathedral’s stately spires can be seen from the sea as you approach Stone Town.
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jazulu
Wexford, Ireland65 contributions
We actually came to worship
Nov 2018
We are Catholic and so the primary reason for our visiting the Church was to worship at Sunday Mass. Having said that, it is a beautiful church and the tiled floor is I think especially worthy of mention. 7am Mass is in English and 9am in Swahili. The priest gave an excellent sermon - more and more uncommon these days. If you are Catholic this is your parish!
Written 1 December 2018
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Pamela L
Tanzania50 contributions
christmas day mass
Jan 2018
beautiful church. simple ceremony, and seems like a very warm uncomplicated community. I do beleive i have found my church while in Stone town. It felt like home.
Written 18 June 2018
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Paul Mwasapi
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania44 contributions
Old and Catholic :)
May 2018 • Solo
The church is located in midst of stone town mazes, with an ambiance of an old Arabic culture, friendly neighborhood, just scenic for day time photography.
Written 14 May 2018
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,214 contributions
A Great Cathedral Tucked Away
Dec 2017 • Friends
This catholic cathedral is tucked away down the labyrinth of narrow streets in Stone Town. It is difficult to find but worth visiting. It is magnificent and was built by the French by the same architects who built Marseilles Notre Dame Basilica. The twin spires tower over the Zanzibar skyline
Well worth seeing
Written 29 December 2017
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,375 contributions
Peaceful Worship Place
Nov 2016 • Couples
St. Joseph’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church in the Baghani area of Stone Town in Carhedral Street. It is an important historical building which was built by French missionaries between 1893 and 1898. Its twin spires are similar to those of Marseille’s church. The cathedral interior is painted with murals from the Old Testament, many of which have deteriorated over time. The cathedral is in regular use by the Catholic community of Stone Town.
Written 17 February 2017
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MODAYIL
Kochi (Cochin), India174 contributions
St. Joseph;s Cathedral Church Stone Town
Oct 2016 • Solo
St Joseph's Cathedral Church is a historic attraction in the heart of Stone Town. The narrow streets are lined by rows of shops selling artifacts, textiles, paintings,jewelry, fruits. I was surprised that many people do not know of this church. There were no visitors except us. The Saxon made it a point that we make a donation before he opened the door. The interior of the church is beautiful and well maintained. There is need for further renovation as the structure is old. A place for a silent prayer and to observe the beautiful glass panels and statues. I could also meet the Vicar of the Cathedral and interact with him. More people should see this attraction which is a historic place located right in the heart of the town.
Written 9 December 2016
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ColleenSreya
Alexandria, VA7 contributions
Beautiful cathedral and mass
May 2016 • Solo
I attended the 9am mass, which is in Kiswahili. The unexpected part is that the mass took two hours; it seemed this is the normal routine, so if you are going to the 9am, plan for that. But staying the full two hours is so worth it, because they have an AMAZING choir! This is the first time I've heard a church using hymns in an African language and style but accompanied by an organ, and it's fantastic. I run the music program for my parish in Kinshasa, so this was a very special treat for me. I had to pull out my iPhone and record some of the music to share with family at home.

If you're looking for an English mass, I'd guess the 7am is a good bet. When I arrived at 8:30, there were several Indian families and a couple other ethnicities milling around who had attended the earlier service. Don't know anything about the 4:30pm mass.
Written 7 May 2016
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AtlanticTyger
Columbus, OH1,011 contributions
Beautiful old church
Jun 2015 • Couples
This was a beautiful old church, unfortunately we were not able to go inside. The exterior was very pretty and the history related to us by the guide was fascinating.
Written 2 June 2015
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SRI P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
Mass times
Nov 2014 • Friends
The mass times on Sunday for this church are:
1) 7:00am
2) 9:00am
3) 4:30pm

The mass at 9:00am (which I attended) was conducted in Kiswahili. Not sure about the other times.
Written 2 November 2014
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kbeetham
Guelph, Canada187 contributions
Beautiful Grounds!
Jul 2013 • Friends
We were wondering around Stone Town and stumbled across St. Joseph's Church. It took us a bit to find the entrance since the regular front entrench was locked, but once we figured out how to get in - it was great! We walked around the grounds and eventually went into the church where there was a wedding taking place! What an experience to get to see the ceremony with an amazing choir!
Written 21 August 2013
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