Narthex Entrance

This space precedes the Nave and acts as a vestibule. It is an intermediate zone between the profane and the sacred. In the past, you had to be baptized in order to enter a Catholic building. Non-baptized people were allowed to stay in the narthex to hear and attend the service.

Plan Rez de Chaussée Cathédrale Saint-Louis E. Poncelet ACMH -Dessin H.V.A

In the narthex, were buried several governors in colonial times.
In the slave society of the colonial era, the arrangement of the benches was established according to a hierarchical order based on color.
02 small hidden doors give access to the galleries upstairs, from which the faithful could once attend Mass.

Carine Trieste