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Cathedral of St Joseph

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Address: 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-3708
Phone Number: 860-249-8431

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Beautiful interior

From the outside, it looks like a concrete monstrosity. The original cathedral burned to the ground, so they rebuilt using concrete to lessen the potential for a catastrophic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Eric B
Marlborough, Connecticut
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Marlborough, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the outside, it looks like a concrete monstrosity. The original cathedral burned to the ground, so they rebuilt using concrete to lessen the potential for a catastrophic fire. Inside, you will be greeted by an expansive interior and beautiful stained glass windows that give the cathedral a very light and airy feeling, in contrast to the thick cement walls.... More 

Thank Eric B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the largest cathedral in the state of Connecticut so if you fancy yourself an enthusiast, it's a "must see". The stained glass was designed in the 60s after a fire destroyed the original cathedral. The designs are so different and unique it's incredible. The church is expansive and the light is amazing with all the stained glass natural... More 

Thank Autumn V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The Cathedral was beautiful with magnificent stained glass windows. Attended mass and the priest was wonderful.

Thank Shalynne
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

This church is in downtown Hartford. On its face, it is obelisk in nature. The front might as well be a concrete wall. But peer to the sides, sneak a peak inside and you will revel in the inspiring and beautiful design of this church. It's worth the visit.

Thank Ryan S
West Hartford, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This church was built to replace the grand old St. Joseph's Cathedral which burned down in 1956. The fire is worth Googling as it was headline news around the world with incredible photos of the destruction. The cement was I believe an overreaction to the tinderbox nature of the old cathedral which burned for quite some time and injuring ten... More 

3 Thank JimConnecticut1
West Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a beautiful spot. I was confirmed there- there is plenty of space and it's gorgeous - from the pews, to the windows, to the alter. Outside is very nice too - modern. Enjoy a visit!

Thank Lizzymcboo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This building was created in 1962 upon the site of the former cathedral that had burned down. My wife and I were married there, graduated from Northwest Catholic HS there, christened our oldest daughter there, and had the funeral for my Father there. It's majestic.

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Passaic, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was surprised by the communistic design of the building and the stained glass windows. But the church was beautiful. The organ player was there too playing so it made the whole trip feel cool.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This cathedral was not on our radar when we placed Hartford on our travel itinerary. We were heading towards the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses (just up the road) when we noticed it. Having an interest in such buildings, it immediately drew my attention. Despite the arguably blend and grey colored facade, we decided to check it out.... More 

6 Thank skis-gitz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

One of the prettiest churches around. Worth a visit for a mass! Too bad it is locked when there are no services. However, it's not a nice area!

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