16 January 2010

Cathédrale Sainte Trinité is destroyed

Somehow the Hotel Oloffson of Graham Greene's The Comedians is still standing but much of the city's turn of the century gingerbread architecture is surely destroyed, and the people of Jacmel, birthplace of the poet Rene Depestre, are in grave danger at the moment amid the ruins of the 19th Century townhouses there.

A severe blow to art in our hemisphere is the destruction of Port-au-Prince's Episcopalian Cathédrale Sainte Trinité, which was decorated in the 1950s with murals by Philomé Obin, Wilson Bigaud, and Castera Bazile.

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