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Our Lady of Victories Catholic Cathedral
Maseru, Lesotho

Eduard Hebertus Antonio PAYENS: Architect

Date:1955
Type:Roman Catholic Church
Status:Extant

When Payens was commissioned to design a church for a new diocese of Maseru, Lesotho, the choice for the use of local sandstone was economic and contextual. Completed in 1955, this church was elevated to Our Lady of Victories Catholic Cathedral in 1961. The articulation of the cathedral’s towers resonates strongly with the post-war architecture in the Netherlands, where precast geometric concrete elements were applied for graphic effect and cost reduction.

(Nicholas Clarke in Common Ground 2021:111)


Writings about this entry

Clarke, Nicholas J, Fisher, Roger C & Kuipers, Marieke C . 2021. Common Ground : Dutch-South African Architectural Exchanges 1902-1961. The Netherlands: LM Publishers. pg 110 ill, 111
Clarke, Nicholas Building for Communities of Faith: in Clarke, Nicholas J, Fisher, Roger C and Kuipers, Marieke C . 2021. Common Ground : Dutch-South African Architectural Exchanges 1902-1961: pp 110 ill, 111