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La Roche mission

Historic site and monument, Religious heritage, Church in Maré
  • Built in1866, the Mission Church stands amidst abundant vegetation at the foot of the high coral rock that gave the tribe its name (Roche meaning rock in French).

  • The church was built in 1883, seventeen years after the creation of the mission founded by the Reverend Father Beaulieu (his grave is just behind the building). After a renovation in 2014, the bell tower was rebuilt with white walls pierced with stained glass windows. It is now topped with a wooden dome covered with decorated metal, which replaced the old four-sided roof which was painted red. In Maré, Catholics represent less than 20% of the population
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • All year 2024
    Open Everyday
On the premises