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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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This is our church!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
6 attraction reviews
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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
41 helpful votes 41 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
97 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This Basilica of St. Mary's is worth a visit -- all faiths are welcome. Constructed in the early 19th Century, no cost was spared to rival cathedrals in the old world. Inspirational both to the faithful, as well as visiting architects, or lovers of classical music.

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Olathe
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86 reviews 86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I wish I had more time to visit. This Basilica is HUGE! Pictures taken outside are difficult to make it right due to the sheer size of it. I think the building is bigger than the State Capitol.

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Saint Louis Park
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Come see this historic landmark, stay for Mass, or simply listen to what you hear as you reflect in this amazing, peaceful, mediative place. God is truly with you here.

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