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Notre Dame des Apotres at Cotonou

Cotonou is the economic capital of Benin, as well as its largest city. The name 'Cotonou' means 'the mouth of the river of death' in the Fon language. Cotonou is located on the coastal strip between Lake Nokoué and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is cut in two by a canal, the lagoon of Cotonou, dug by the French in 1855.

Cotonou Cathedral or Notre Dame des Apotres - Roman Catholic cathedral, located near the Ancien Pont Bridge. It is noted for its distinct burgundy and white striped tiled architecture. The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou.The diocese was originally created on June 26 1883 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Dahomey from the Apostolic Vicariate of Benin Coast, Nigeria. After several names changes under Dahomey, on 14 September 1955 it was promoted as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotonou. The cathedral was run by Archibishop Bernardin Gantin (died 2008) from 1960 to 1971. The current archibishop of the cathedral and Cotonou is Marcel Honorat Léon Agboton. (from Wikipedia)

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