New Episcopal Church Cathedral in Port-au-Prince

The plans for a new episcopal cathedral, on the Port-au-Prince site of the old one, ruined in the 2010 earthquake, was unveiled recently at the Chicago meeting of the Episcopal Church Executive Council. The Holy Trinity Cathedral will be twice as big as the original and will be a landmark of new-found beauty, bonded with those pieces salvaged from the old church. The design was created through collaboration between the Episcopal Church, the Haitian Diocese, the Studio Drum Architects and Kerns Group Architects from Arlington, Virginia.


From the rubble the church had been able to save three murals of note around the world that depict traditional stories from the bible cast with characters of Haitian characteristics, and bronze bells that will be used in the new cathedral as part of the rebuilding.

The new space, able to seat more than over a thousand people, will feature a round space for worship, complete with a platform in the center for the altar on the exact spot where the first altar had been previously. It will be able to provide, on its own, purified water and electricity.

With its design following strict U.S. hurricane and earthquake standards, the cathedral will prove to be self-sufficient and preservable, making it a future spot for disaster relief as it will be a self-contained establishment. To this end, it will even be equipped with its own private infrastructure for telecommunications.

In keeping with the old church cathedral, the new one will act as a worship center as well as one for the performing arts.

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