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“Two for Free” 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 #17 of 269 things to do in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: nation's first basilica
Scotts, Michigan
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24 attraction reviews
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“Two for Free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

With the Basilica in Minneapolis and the Cathedral in St. Paul, one can enjoy two tremendous churches for free. Seeing them back to back (about 10 to 15 minutes between them), is moving. I would see the Basilica first because the Cathedral takes everything to another level. Parking is easy and hearing the organist practicing is an extra wonderful experience. Like previous reviewers, I really enjoyed the confessionals along the side walls of the Basilica.

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Washington
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“Beautiful old church. Well maintained and open to the public - Free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Gorgeous church with an old world feel. The stain glass is in excellent shape and beautiful. The confessionals along the side are also a work of art (see picture). I wish we had been there for mass. They did have an organist I assume was practicing while we were there. The sound as it passed through the church was beautiful, if not a bit haunting. Well worth the stop if you have at least 15-20 minutes

Visited October 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Beautiful Downtown Catholic Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

A small intimate chapel, this is not. Huge, massive and impressive. First rate choir and modern priests. They even featured a woman rabbi for one pre-Easter service.

Visited March 2013
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New York City
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“Beautiful Shrine to Mary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stopped here on a visit to the Twin Cities. We marveled at how lovely the church it, down to the small garden outside.

Visited September 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“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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