|Cathedral closing for restoration works|
The 161-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be closed from Easter Monday, for an indefinite period, to facilitate restoration work on the city landmark.
It will be the first time in decades that the Minor Basilica of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, at the eastern end of Independence Square, will be closed.
Decision to close the Cathedral was based on the advice of the project’s engineers who revealed that parts of the roof were in a worse condition than expected. Archbishop Edward Gilbert had promised the Roman Catholic community that the church would not be closed during its renovation and restoration. He said then that certain parts might be off limits, while the work continued.
The complete but temporary closure of the Cathedral, Archbishop Joseph Harris said today (April 2), was necessary for the sake of the safety of parishioners and visitors to the church. It will also allow for the acceleration of work on the project.
April 2, 2012
|Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 16:31|