After the hike up Mount Eloundem just before, our Cameroonian friend proposed to see the basilica we had passed that morning, so we took a shared taxi and got off at the entrance. A remarkable building: it looks small from the outside, with what seems to be a flat roof and a triangular tower on top. We walked along the outside of the entrance, to see the works of art on its walls, depicting Biblical scenes. The Jubilee door was firmly closed behind a protective metal door, but we could still see the decorative scenes carved on its face.
Once inside, we were surprised by the spacious interior under an arched ceiling. I had seen stained glass windows outside, but of course, we could only really appreciate their colourful appearance from the inside, especially the other side of the church, as the afternoon sun was coming in from there. Our friend told us that the church was entirely built using materials found in Cameroon. A few people were sitting on the benches in the church, and with wind coming through the building, it was definitely a pleasant place to be on this warm afternoon.
We sat there, soaking up the atmosphere, and I walked around to have a better look at the stained glass windows. Next, we crossed the street, to visit the small cemetery that had been here for a much longer time than the basilica itself; that was built recently, on the spot where other, older churches stood - some of them still remain. There were some pretty graves on this prestigious cemetery, with African names, but also European ones. The German history of the country became more apparent here, as some names are decidedly German. Most tombs were not standing straight anymore, adding to the charm of the resting place. The sun was on its way down, and we had to be on the way back to the city.
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