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Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral

310 West Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004
502-348-3126
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Ranked #5 of 7 attractions in Bardstown
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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- Jul 1, 2014
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Buena Park, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
70 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were trying to kill 30 minutes before the next distillery tour and the cathedral was close by. We parked the car in the parking lot of the adjacent Catholic school. I was surprised that Bardstown was so important back then on parr with NY, Boston, and Philadelphia to warrant a cathedral. I was also surprised that Protestants contributed financially... More

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West Chester, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Stopped in for a visit on Saturday. There was a lovely gal there who told us all about the history of the church and of the surrounding area.

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Milton, Georgia
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202 attraction reviews
507 helpful votes 507 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

There are no churches in the US as ornate, fancy, or with the history of the churches in Europe, but this one is worth a stop. First cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains when the cornerstone was put down in the 1800's. Large scale given the location and time it was built. It has served as both a catholic and... More

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Salzburg
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Beautiful cathedral with a wonderful history. We received a short but informative tour from a pleasant lady.

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Northport, Alabama
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27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The church is very well preserved, but it was disappointing that there were no docents to offer any additional insights into facility besides the information in the small pamphlet at the entrance. The doors were literally wide open when I stopped just after lunch, so no issues with gatekeepers preventing me from accessing it. I understand that it's an active... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Even if you don't have religious inklings, you can't help but be enthralled by the sheer beauty of this cathedral. From paintings on the walls that are hundreds of years old, to paintings in the ceiling that were modeled after Bardstown residents, the beauty and detail here is captivating. The pillars that hold this cathedral up are actual trees that... More

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Oldsmar
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228 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Being the first cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains the story of the cathedral is fascinating. Touring it we learn how the cathedral was constructed with native yellow poplar beam. A beautiful historical building that has gone through changes but still has historical significance. Take time to tour or just walk through the cathedral.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a very historical church that has clearly been renovated at some point. I've never seen a vigil Mass this full.

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Salt Lick, Kentucky, United States
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23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The tour guide was great. Even though something was going on at the time we went to the church. She pulled us to the back of the church and explained everything about it. She was informative and loved the subject she was talking about. Told us more about the town as well.

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Iowa
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We were next door touring the Oscar Getz museum of local whiskey history and decided to also tour the local basilica. We were greeted at the door by a very friendly local volunteer/parishioner who gave us a short but informative tour. She showed us that inside all the round marble-looking support columns, huge local hewn poplar trees setting atop large... More

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