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Historic Cathedral and Basilica

Interesting old cathedral and basilica worth stopping in for a couple of minutes. Nothing too... read more

Reviewed February 23, 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio
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A beautiful cathedral and we had a lovely tour by one of the ladies who spends several hours a... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Nannette M
Salem, United States
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310 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1421
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Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

Interesting old cathedral and basilica worth stopping in for a couple of minutes. Nothing too spectacular but not far from center of Bardstown. For architecture fans, this is a good display of an early 1800s American cathedral.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

If you are in town and have a little extra time, it is worth a short look. The church is large but not as over done as you often fine in churches that were intended to be a cathedral

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

A beautiful cathedral and we had a lovely tour by one of the ladies who spends several hours a week...just waiting to tell you about this beautiful part of history. We also got to hear the organ play as the organist was gearing up for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nannette M
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Got a quick tour from the parishioner on site the day we visit. Some neat stories about the cathedral and its renovation.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Beautiful church with lots of history. Attended mass but were unable to do the tour do to time constraints. Plan to go back to Bardstown next year and hopefully make time for the tour.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Very old basilica. Interesting tour. They have cut away one of the pillars so you can see the original timbers that held it up.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

The Basilica of St. Joseph, Proto-Cathedral was one of two reasons we came to Bardstown. It is a beautiful church with a wonderful history. We stayed for Mass and were impressed by the friendliness of the other parishioners.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank mjmanning201
Reviewed June 11, 2018

We had the pleasure of a tour guide who passed on much of the cathedral's history. The cathedral is over 200 years old and is French in style and art. There are several very large oil paintings hanging that are of the same age.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank L B
Reviewed June 9, 2018

The Basilica of St. Joseph is celebrating it's 200th anniversary. The church is oldest cathedral west of the Appalachian Mountains and is thus a remarkable treasure! The church is very well maintained and is beautiful to explore. It is reminiscent of St. Peter in Chains...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ahaskell
Reviewed May 29, 2018

Enjoy his historic structure We wereprovided a very good tour by a lady of the parish who spent significant time talking about the history architecture in the art Within the cathedral The tour was relatively short andcan be done in less than 30 minutes It...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mark E
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March 5, 2018|
Response from jgbtravels | Reviewed this property |
I believe the original Saint Joseph College was there. I think the one you are thinking about was a few miles outside Bardstown but still in Nelson County. Saint Joesph’s Catholic Church is now close to Spaulding Hall where... More
March 5, 2018|
Response from FoodieinColorado | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea...Looks like the church has been where it is for a long time