More than a thousand miles from the hub island of Tahiti, the far-flung Gambier Islands became the cradle of Catholicism in the region after the arrival of the first missionaries in the 19th century. Today, evidence of those influences can be seen in Mangareva island’s stone churches, schools, convents, and towers. Built over 100 years ago, and still in use today, St. Michel Church was the first Catholic place of worship in the area, and dazzles with its iridescent, inlaid mother-of-peal interiors.
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