Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Hinche

 

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Built at the initiative of the former Bishop of Hinche, Msgr. Pétion Laroche, the cathedral that is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception opened on December 8, 1997. Designed by the architect François Laroche, the cathedral is certainly the most towering building in the city, its architecture harmoniously combining the traditional view and modernity …

The historic gem of Hinche is the former parish church that became a cathedral with the appointment of the first bishop of the diocese, Msgr. Jean-Baptiste Décoste. Construction began in the early sixteenth century but came to a halt around 1530, when most the townspeople left as the gold deposits that initially drew them there were exhausted. Only in the 1870s did work resume. It was completed around 1900, although not according to the original plan to build a majestic sanctuary. Now abandoned, the old cathedral of Hinche has since been listed as a national heritage monument.

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