7. Our Lady of the Rosary of the Blacks
This church, noticeable because of its blue façade, took almost 100 years to erect because the slaves who built it were only permitted to work on it at night so as to not interfere with their daytime work. Sunday Mass blends Catholicism with African rituals, including the playing of African drums and burning of incense. The interior features images of black saints such as Saints Iphigenia, Benedict and Elesbao. An old slave cemetery is located in the back of the church. In 2012, the church installed a permanent exhibition depicting through photographs, text and panels the history of the brotherhood of ex-slaves.
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