St Josephs Metropolitan Cathedral

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    St. Joseph's metropolitan cathedral is a christian church belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam that is located in the waterfront area of Dar es Salaam's CBD - Tanzania. It is also the Archdiocese's mother church and also the seat of its Archbishop - Cardinal Polycarp Pengo [1].

    A history of the cathedralThe Cathedral was built by German missionaries between 1897 and 1902 [2], officially being opened by Pope Leo XIII on 16th November 1887 to be the Apostolic prefecture of southern Zanguebar. It was later on promoted to the Apostolic vicariate of the region on 15th September 1902, then renamed by Pope Pius X as the Apostolic Vicariate of Dar es Salaam on 10th August 1906. It was finally elevated to metropolitan archdiocese by pope Pius XII on 25th March 1992 [1].


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    What to do there?Nothing much except sightseeing or church related business (prayer or otherwise) as the cathedral is still used and even more so by high profile people of the country, including government ministers and leaders. So security is relatively high and very little unmonitored activity is allowed; However, its architecture remains to be something to marvel, particularly its glass stained windows. The surroundings are also a sight to see, including the Magogoni creek, the White Father's house and the Ferry terminal to Zanzibar.

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    Location of St Josephs Metropolitan Cathedral

    St. Joseph's metropolitan cathedral is located along Sokoine dr. opposite the ferry terminal for boats to Zanzibar and inside the CBD of Dar es Salaam - Tanzania. It also is near the white father's house, the Magogoni creek and the BRT lanes. For More information on its location, please see the map below (click to start).

    How to get there?The city's new BRT system has a stop less than 10 metres from the church that is usually the first that you would see being next to the Magogoni creek. So if you are within reach of the system then get into one and head for Posta or Kivukoni. Otherwise ask for directions from a local or use the map below.

    References1. www.daressalaamarchdiocese.co.tz/historical-background/ - accessed on 10th May 2017
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph's_Cathedral,_Dar_es_Salaam/ - accessed on 10th May 2017

    AbbreviationsBRT - Bus Rapid Transit
    CBD - Central Business District

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