Cathedrals as Monuments (6)
In 1902, Mount Pelée erupted on the island of Martinique, totally destroying the city of Saint-Pierre. The town, which was previosuly called "the little Paris of the West Indies," has only been partially rebuilt. Its historical ruins and volcanological museum testify to the tragedy that killed 30,000 inhabitants within 3 minutes and left little of the cathedral standing. Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral, shown below, was reconstructed about 20 years after the eruption.