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“Beautiful!” 4 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 #21 of 115 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: nation's first basilica
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a beautiful basilica! Each year in July, they host the Basilica Block Party to raise money for restoration of the building. The block party is amazing - great music!

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White Marsh, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“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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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“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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27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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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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