MIAMI (AP) - Episcopal Church officials have revealed plans for a new cathedral in Haiti's capital to replace one destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
The designs were unveiled this week to the Episcopal Church Executive Council in Chicago. The new cathedral will be built on the site of the former Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
"The resurrection of Holy Trinity Cathedral offers hope to Episcopalians as well as a nation," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in a statement.
The church selected the Virginia-based Kerns Group Architects last year to collaborate with Haiti-based Studio Drum Architects.
The plans show a new cathedral twice the size of the old one, with seats for 1,200 people around a central altar under a massive dome. It is designed to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes, and officials said it is also designed to be self-sufficient with the capability for generating its own electricity, providing its own purified water and supplying its own telecommunications.
The plans also incorporate three murals painted by Haitian artists to include Haitian people in biblical stories. Holy Trinity was renowned for its 14 murals, but eleven were lost in the quake.
The new cathedral also is expected to include a performing arts center, officials said.
"The first phase of this project is emotional. The last phase will be physical. We have various skilled people involved in this emotional process. We have consulted widely, especially in Haiti and elsewhere for this creative vision," said Diocese of Haiti Bishop Zache Duracin.
A Puerto Rican architect won a competition last year seeking ideas for rebuilding the Roman Catholic cathedral in Port-au-Prince, which also was toppled by the earthquake. A jury led by the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture selected designs by Segundo Cardona of SCF Architectos in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, for a new Notre Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral.
It could be years before the new cathedrals are completed.
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