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Cathedral of San Salvador de Congo

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Located in M'banza Congo, the Cathedral of San Salvador de Congo is currently in ruins. This cathedral was the first Christian church to be built in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 1490, three ships from Portugal arrived in the Kingdom of Congo. On these ships were Jesuit missionaries, soldiers, masons and carpenters who wanted to implement the Catholic religion in Angola.

At the time, the King of the Congo was baptized with the name of D. Afonso I and ordered the implementation of the Catholic religion in M'banza Congo.

As a result of this decision the Cathedral of St. Salvador of the Congo was built in 1491, however, it only gained the status of a cathedral in 1596.