The Basilica at Mvolye Mvolye is the seat of the first Roman Catholic Church of Yaounde, built in 1901 by the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. The structure stood for almost a century until the first Cameroonian Bishop of Yaounde, Monsignor Jean Zoa decided to replace it with the emblematic basilica.
The basilica is built with twelve pillars, symbolizing the twelve Apostles of Jesus, and is about 32 meters tall and 75 meters wide. Its main point of attraction should be the clever architectural design ideas wrought into its structure. The building is a melange of glass, stone, metal and wood. 100 square meters of stained-glass window decorated with paintings by Henri Guérin lighten up the four thousand capacity edifice and enhances the beauty of the 3 and half tall Virgin Mary carved out of the sacred black Nkong Ondoa tree. The art of legendary blacksmiths from Bamoun in the Western Region can be admired from the shiny bronze statue of Christ and the decorations on the pulpit.
While feeling the spirit from a typical Roman Catholic edifice, the thrill from African design ideas should give this site a unique feeling.
Getting to Mvolye is possible by taxi when boarded from any spot in town. The domineering appearance of the 32 meters tall basilica should be hard to miss once in the Mvolye district.