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Africa is full of amazing 20th century architecture, whether it's an almost forgotten piece of Italy, or some incredible space-age buildings. But fewer people realize the space-age, modernist style was adapted to church architecture, too. Here are some of the most breathtaking African churches built in the 20th century.

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The Neo-Gothic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (also known as the Casablanca Cathedral), Casablanca, Morroco, designed by Paul Tournon in 1930. It was a church until the independence of Morocco in 1956, when it was converted into a cultural center.

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Maputo, Mozambique

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The Nda Mariam Orthodox Church, with an impressive mosaic by the Italian painter Nenne Sanguineti Poggi, built in the 1950s

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Cathédrale du Sacré-Cœur d'Alger, Algiers, Algeria, designed by Paul Herbé and Jean Le Couteur, constructed between 1944 and 1956.

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Saint Antonio Catholic Church, Maputo, Mozambique, designed by Nuno Craveiro Lopes, constructed between 1959 and 1962.

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All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha, Nigeria

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Cathedral of Our Lady of The Good Shepherd, Djibouti, designed by Joseph Müller, 1964

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The Igreja Santana in Caxito, Angola

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Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt, designed by Michel Bakhoum, consecrated in 1968

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in N'Djaména, Chad, severely damaged during the civil war, rebuilt in the 1980s

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Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, built between 1968 and 1975.

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St. Paul's Cathedral in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), designed by Aldo Spirito, consecrated in 1980

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Shrine of Mary Help of Christians Church in Nairobi, Kenya, 1993

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