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St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral

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

Experience the Extraordinary at St. Joseph Cathedral

With striking features like the shingled spire, vaulted interior, and stained-glass windows, this Gothic-style Roman Catholic church dominates the harbor front of Dar es Salaam. Built by German missionaries between 1897 and 1902, today this iconic landmark also acts as the seat of the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. Original German inscriptions and artwork still adorn the walls, including the carved relief above the main altar. Sunday is often considered to be the best time to visit the church, as the morning service gives rise to an extraordinary 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


  • What are the best places to eat near St. Joseph Cathedral?

    Located on Sokoine Drive, the St. Joseph Cathedral is close to many of the popular dining destinations in Dar es Salaam. Grab a refreshing cup of coffee at Impresso Espresso, try the exquisite Mediterranean fare at Albasha, or stop by Sno-Cream to delight your sweet tooth – the choice is yours!
  • Does the St. Joseph Cathedral have English Masses every day?

    Daily Mass is in Kiswahili, except for the Wednesday Evening Mass, which is in English. There are also two English-language Masses on Sunday mornings.

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