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St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral
St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral

Sokoine Dr, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 22 213 4363 Visit Website Category: Attractions

Be Awestruck by the Stunning Architecture of St. Joseph Cathedral

Dominating the harbor front, this Gothic-style Roman Catholic church is the seat of the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. Built by German missionaries between 1897 and 1902, the cathedral features numerous striking elements like the shingled spire, vaulted interior, and stained-glass windows behind the altar. Even today, visitors will find many of the original German inscriptions and artwork, including the carved relief above the main altar. The Sunday morning service is considered by many to be the best time to soak up the atmosphere.


Holy Mass


  • First Mass - 7:00 am (Kiswahili)
  • Second Mass - 8:30 am (English)
  • Third Mass - 10:45 am (Kiswahili)
  • Fourth Mass - 11:30 am (English)
  • Fifth Mass - 4:30 pm (Kiswahili)


  • First Mass - 6:00 am
  • Second Mass - 6:45 am
  • Lunch Mass - 1:00 pm
  • Evening Mass - 5:30 pm (Wednesdays in English)

Public Holidays:

  • Mass at 8:00 am


  • Wedding Mass



  • After the second Mass


  • from 6:00 pm

Office Hours


  • 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and then from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm


  • 8:30 am to 12:00 pm


  • When does the English Mass take place at St. Joseph Cathedral?

    On Sundays, the English Mass takes place at 8:30 am and 11:30 am. On Wednesdays, the English Mass takes place during the evening, at 5:30 pm.
  • Can non-Roman Catholic Christians visit St. Joseph Cathedral?

    Yes, all visitors are welcome inside the St. Joseph Cathedral, regardless of their religion. The Sunday morning service is the ideal time to visit as the local choir brings this iconic Dar es Salaam landmark to life.

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