Balade Things to Do
This nondescript little monument marks the site where the first mass was supposedly held.
It was in pretty poor shape.
In 1913, the French have built this small monument to commemorate their occupation of New Caledonia 60 years earlier, when a flag-raising ceremony was held nearby.
It stands on a small hill on the eastern side of the main road and is pretty easy to miss.
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Nearby, the main road passes the beautiful and quiant little church belonging to the first mission established in New Caledonia.
Early missionaries killed by hostile Kanaks are buried in the small cemetery behind it.
Inside the church you will find a fine wooden altar, and colorful stained glass windows depicting the historic events around here - including a missionary being killed by Kanaks, and later his skull being recovered!
Click on the "3 more photos" link under the church photo to the right to see these.