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Basilica of St. Mary

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Address: 88 North 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone Number: 612 333 1381
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6:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Description: nation's first basilica

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Awe inspiring & awful parking

The building itself and especially the interior is absolutely beautiful with vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and pipe organ. Parking, however, leaves something to be desired... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Orlando, FL
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

The building itself and especially the interior is absolutely beautiful with vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and pipe organ. Parking, however, leaves something to be desired. Most of the spaces are located under the overpass and due require a fee. Services are elegant with Latin singing which tends to run longer than other masses. Beware: this location has security and will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We are not Catholic but I wanted to write this to encourage anyone of any faith to visit the Basilica of St. Mary. The interior is so beautiful and so historic. We always go to the Basilica for Christmas Eve which is a must do for everyone. And also for Munday Thursday during Easter Holy Week. This is a beautiful... More 

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Alamo Heights, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We went to Good Friday mass here and it was a gorgeous service. The choir was fantastic. The views of the stained glass, the statuary, the altar and even the ceiling were fantastic to look at during the service. I will have to caution you that the service was quite long as almost every word was sung. Almost every seat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is such a beautiful church! We love to come to mass, as it's a very well done event each weekend.

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Set on a plaza which has since been hemmed in by an interstate highway interchange, this large church, the first basilica in the US, is at the west end of Hennepin Avenue, one of the main streets in Minneapolis. The exterior is constructed of beautiful granite, and the interior vault is higher than St. Peter's in Rome. There are some... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have never attended this church for a service, so I cannot rate that experience, but it is beautiful inside. Definitely a place to see.

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have been in several churches around the country and I have to say this was very impressive. It took us a little time to even find the entrance. To get the full exterior view, I had to go across the street and still could not fit everything into my view. Inside was even more impressive and reverent.

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Manila
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I had planned to hear Mass at the Cathedral but was not able to do so, so I did the next best thing: visit it with friends one night. It is a beautiful edifice that defines the Roman Catholics of Minneapolis' love for the faith and for the Lord.

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I'm a photographer and visited the museum with a friend during the Christmas holiday in 2014. We spent about 2 hours there. It's a beautiful and tranquil place where, if you're religious, you'll find peace of mind; if you're not religious, I still recommend visiting just for the exquisite and ornate architecture inside. The play of light and shadows through... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Very beautiful church where everything inhales the grandiloquence. Stained-glass windows are remarkable. To add on your list to be visited when you are in Minneapolis.

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