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“Absolutely beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary
88 North 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
612 333 1381
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Ranked #11 of 94 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: nation's first basilica
White Marsh, Maryland
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“Absolutely beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Well worth the visit regardless of your religion. The stained glass, the carpentry, recently a large restoration was completed. Exquisite!

Visited July 2013
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Lincoln, NE
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Beautiful architecture and beautiful art. They don't build churches like this any more. Artwork ranges from stained glass to mosaics to stone sculptures. They have tours of the basilica after the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

Visited July 2013
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Berkeley, California
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“a rare basilica”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you are into church architecture, you want to go to this Basilica. It has what I was told, the one time I actually went on a tour of it with a docent, that the space for a choir behind the altar is rare but was a common feature in churches built in the Middle Ages. That suggests to me that the Catholic Church in Minneapolis, when this church was built, took great care and pride when it chose to build this beautiful basilica.

It is a very beautiful church, in a majestic setting.

Visited March 2013
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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“Cool place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I'm not a catholic but this is a must see for anyone looking to tour around minneapolis. I've traveled extensively in Europe and have been in some of the largest most beautiful cathedrals in the world, and this place may not be of those sizes, but the attention to detail and grandiose nature of the church fits in on the scale.

Visited August 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“One of several historic large downtown congregations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

On of several houses of worship surrounding the Loring Park (downtown) are of Mpls.Mass ive 1912 structure. First minor bascillica in the U.S. Really good liturgy and music. Recently renovate organ draws internationally known organists choirs, and orchestras for concertizing.
Just accross Loring Park, you'll find St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. Built in 1910, this Very English, gothci building is home to many art treasures. It's mewly refubished organ is one of the largest in the Midwest. It's fine Anglican liturgies are perfect for this setting. It's widly acclaimed music programs aet the tone for excellence in an area already know for muscial excellence.
Do visit Hennepin Avenue United Methodis Chrich, just a block up the hill...also noted for it's architecture and fine music. Trmple Israel, just down the block, is worth a vis, also.
Plan your visit for warm weather... Enjoy the many local sites...a walk through Loring Park and it's adjacent Sculpture Gardens, and the world-famous Walker Art Center. Easily accessed by public transportaion...just a 15 ninute walk from central downtown.

Visited April 2013
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