Senegal's Catholics may be few, but their mother ship is an impressive work of art and history.

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Dakar Cathedral

One of Dakar's most striking buildings.

It's hard to miss the Cathedral of Nôtre Dame des Victoires (Our Lady of Victory) on a visit to Dakar, and it's well worth a visit to check out the impressive premises, consecrated in 1936. Well situated halfway along Rue de la République in the south of the city, from here it's an easy walk to Place de la Indépendence to the northeast, the IFAN Museum of African Arts to the south or the Grand Mosque to the north. Roman Catholics make up less than 5 percent of Senegalese, and this of course is their largest church and the seat of the country's archdiocese. Take a walk around the white building and its tranquil grounds, and have a look at the sculptures of angels by Anna Quinqaud, inspired by Fulani tribesmen. Inside, the most impressive feature is the soaring central dome with its unusual painting.

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