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Basilica of St. Mary

88 North 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
612 333 1381
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Ranked #22 of 115 attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: nation's first basilica
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Beautiful building with a nice feel to it. I am usually slightly intimidated by cathedrals and basilicas. This one was beautiful with a slightly more comfortable atmosphere.

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Orlando
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We actually stumbled across the Basilica while walking toward the sculpture gardens nearby. What a lovely place! It was so still and quiet and cool inside. Very nice to pause for a few minutes and look around, or just sit and take it in. Also has facilities open to the public, which can be a lifesaver when wandering around downtown!

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Manorville, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Check the mass schedule - much more comfortable without services going on. Beautiful interior. Stained glass windows, side chapels, loft and ceiling all created an area of calm and wonder. If you have the time go visit.

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good music...for a great purpose! Praisetheloud! On a more serious note, this is a very beautiful, well preserved and well deserved catholic cathedral. Stop in, say a prayer and appreciate the building which the catholic church continues to support and preserve.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visited the beautiful Church for the first time when my parents traveled from India. Very thankful to a kind host who showed us around the place, explained us the architectural significance, the painting, building design etc.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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402 reviews 402 reviews
238 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit -- about 8 side chapels and the stained glass windows are exceptionally beautiful - old school. Alter is lovely as is the ceiling dome. Looks like it was recently renovated.

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Portageville, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Beautiful Basilica within walking distance of Nicollet Mall. It is worth the visit...beautiful stained glass windows and architecture. It is a free attraction and you will not be disappointed. Take your time and take in the beauty of this magnificent building!

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Mosinee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I've passed by the basilica many times, but this was the first time to enter it. It's just as spectacular on the inside as on the outside. We went for the 11AM mass & stayed afterwards to enjoy the basilica. A tour is offered after every mass. The mass had beautiful music. Also, there was a wide variety of dress--everything... More

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Houston, Texas
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218 reviews 218 reviews
117 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have to admit I love churches. I visit them all over the world from Texas to New York from California to South Carolina. If you enjoy architecture and design you need to see this church. The design is amazing and I love the resurrection theme.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I attended a concert at the Basilica and while I was there I walked through the main floor and marveled at how beautiful the Basilica is. It is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in church architecture and art.

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