Roseau, Saint George, Dominica
1730 First started as a 16 x 40 ft solid timber church. This was fashioned after the Kalinago Kabays, consisting of strong posts and woven palm leaves. It was constructed by French lumbermen and peasant farmers.
The original main door used to face west down Church Street to the Bayfront.
1800 Built in the gothic-romanesque revival style which was very popular in the 19th century. It took 100 years to complete (1800-1916).
The church is made out of cut volcanic stone.
1855 The main steeple completed.
1916 The small west steeple completed.
Referred to as “L’eglise de Notre Dame de Bon Port du Mouillage de Roseau” or Our Lady of Fair Haven.
2006 During the restoration, many discoveries were made including a tomb near the altar.
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A little further up the road is the beautifully designed Bishop’s Residence, built in 1902.
Captions: Cathedral of Our Lady of Fair Haven
1980s photograph of the Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Erected by Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1730.
Location. 15° 17.863′ N, 61° 23.149′ W. Marker is in Roseau, Saint George. Marker is on Virgin Lane just north of Cross Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); World Wars Memorial (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Anglican Church (about 180 meters away); Glory to the French from Dominica (about 180 meters away); Roseau Bayfront (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Carnegie Library of Roseau (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); David the Goliath (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); a different marker also named Roseau Bayfront (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseau.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. 5, 6. submitted on June 18, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.