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 .
A history of the cathedralThe Cathedral was built by German missionaries between 1897 and 1902 , 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 .
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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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