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Ouvéa CULTURAL HERITAGE

St. Joseph's Church

Built in 1912, the imposing Saint-Joseph church stands facing the sea, flanked by a beautiful colonial building.

The Saint-Joseph area includes Takedji, a tribe whose origins were from Wallis Island in the Pacific some 2,000 km away, and the Héo Tribe, whose inhabitants descend from the populations that lived on the Beautemps-Beaupré atoll before the arrival of the missionaries. Facing the sea stands the Church of St. Joseph (1912), famous for its vaulted wooden ceiling in the shape of an inverted boat hull, its pulpit is of kohu wood, and its statue of Christ is carved in black kaori wood and draped with a traditional cloth or manou to hide his nudity. This large church with heavy doors also contains some beautiful, recently renovated stained-glass windows. In front, a memorial was erected in 1957 as a tribute to the Reverend Fathers Bernard and Palasie, founders of a Catholic mission on the 12 April 1857.

Spoken languages

  • French

OPENING

  • All year round, every Sunday.

CONTACTS

  • Saint-Joseph
    98814 Ouvéa

PRICES

Free entry.

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