National Christian Centre

Abuja Geographic coordinate system Christianity in Nigeria
National Christian Centre
Catedral Nacional em Abuja, Nigéria.jpg
National Christian Centre, Abuja
Religion
AffiliationChristianity
Location
LocationAbuja, FCT, Nigeria
Geographic coordinates9°03′07″N 7°29′40″E / 9.05194°N 7.49444°E / 9.05194; 7.49444
Architecture
TypeChurch
StylePostmodern Neo-gothic
General contractorGitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Ltd
Completed2005
Spire(s)1

The National Christian Centre (previously known as the National Ecumenical Centre and sometimes known as the National Church of Nigeria) is the primary Christian place of worship in Nigeria.

It is located in Abuja, the capital city. The centre is an inter-denominational church building.[citation needed]

History

The church was designed in a Postmodern version of the Neo-gothic style by Nigerian architectural firm, Darchiwork Group; located in Lagos. It was built by Italian construction firm Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Ltd.[citation needed]

The project was started around 1989, then lay dormant for several years until 2004, when the Christian Association of Nigeria organized a committee to ensure its speedy completion. The dedication, on 2 October 2005, coincided with the celebration of Nigeria’s 45th anniversary as an independent nation.[citation needed]

The dedication service was presided over by the Most Reverend Peter Akinola, the Anglican Primate of Nigeria.[1]

Layout and access

Interior of the church
Pipe organ at the right wing of the church
Arches seen in the church interior
Garden by National church of Nigeria

The church is built in a neo-gothic style and has several pivoted arches with a wide nave leading to the altar. The altar, placed at the centre of the church completes a full rotation every ten minutes. A pipe organ is fitted to the right wing of the church, close to which sits the choir. Stained glass windows which employ a simple but attractive mix of yellow, green and red colours can be seen all around the church.[citation needed]

When not being used for Christian ceremonies, it is open to the public. Guided tours are available for anyone interested in having a look. In some cases, members of the public are only allowed to tour the church when accompanied by a guide.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Ecumenical Centre dedicated in Abuja". Church of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2011-06-28.