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St. Ignatius Mission

P.O. Box 667, Saint Ignatius, MT 59865
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Type: Missions
Description: A Jesuit mission decorated with impressive paintings of scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
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Dublin, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
27 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The inside of the old mission church is covered with frescos painted by Brother Joseph Carignano, who had no professional training in art and decorated the church in between working as the cook and handyman.

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Vancouver, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were headed south from Glacier to Bozeman and remember reading about this in the hotel attraction sheet. Its a nice break. Beautiful paintings. Its nice to see a unique perspective of religion. Its a christian church but merges indian beliefs. Two pictures in the back depict Christ the Chief and Mary as an indian with Christ as a papoose... More

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

From the first visit more then 20 years ago I fell in love with this church. So much so I was married there! We make a visit every time we are in Montana. The murals are beautiful. Great history behind this mission. Mass is still held on Sundays. If you love beautiful churches than this stop is a must.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
68 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

While traveling in Montana, a friend wanted to stop and see the St. Ignatius Mission. The church was just slightly off the main road (93, I think) so we made a brief stop. The paintings and interior are beautiful and unique, like nothing I've ever seen. History indicates the mission cook did the paintings. The original small log mission is... More

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Bountiful, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I'm always in awe over beautiful descriptive art that you can read the story in the picture. This artist had a gift from His Creator. The history of the men and women who devoted their lives to this place is preserved for us to enjoy.

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Seattle, Wasington
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped on the way to Glacier - and were the only people there. Walking into the quiet blue solitude is soothing no matter what your spiritual bent is. The artwork is amazing, especially given that the artist was a cook with no formal training. The stained glass windows are simple but very beautiful in their simplicity. Very tranquil. Take... More

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Top Contributor
437 reviews 437 reviews
101 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Lovely late 19th century mission church with fine murals. The same artist who did these murals (a Jesuit priest w/o formal artictic training, whose main job was a mission cook) did another splendid job at the even more spectacular church of St. Francis Xavier in Missoula.

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Avery Island, Louisiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Beautiful old Catholic Church. Breath taking murals. Interesting history. Nice little town. ...And you're at the bottom of the hill before you head up to see The Glacier National Park. Everyone in the area is very friendly as well.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

For crying out loud, clean up the town! What a mess. The mission is okay but the historical charm is lacking because it is surrounded by trashy trailer homes. This area used to be lovely and peaceful when we first came through almost 40 years ago. Now it is rundown. The inside is interesting, considering how it came about.

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Amity, Oregon
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Mission is beautiful and the history interesting. And, best of all it is free. It is open to visitors pretty much all of the time

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