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Basilica of St. Mary

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Address: 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1295
Phone Number: 612 333 1381
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

nation's first basilica

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This is near and dear to my heart. My father did the restoration of this gorgeous building when I was growing up. There is a great picture of him on the scaffolding. The building... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lisa H
Maplewood, Minnesota
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is near and dear to my heart. My father did the restoration of this gorgeous building when I was growing up. There is a great picture of him on the scaffolding. The building itself is dramatic and beautiful. You can almost feel the presence of the past there. It is truly a magnificent piece of architecture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by the Basilica on a nice Saturday afternoon. The architecture is exquisite. We took a bunch of pictures outside, and then went in. Inside is even more beautiful than the outside. We enjoyed the quiet and marveled at the altar and ceiling. They also have very spacious and clean restroom facilities on the lower level. Well worth the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most remarkable churches in the Twin City area. Upon entering the Basilica, one immediately feels as if they are entering a church that would be located somewhere in Europe. This huge church has the most beautiful stained-glass windows that one could sit in a pew and study for hours. The old-world charm of this stone structure is... More 

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St. Paul, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building/architecture. It is so peaceful to be inside. There are many vestibules to investigate. This is my favorite place to attend Christmas midnight mass.

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Beautiful church and sculptures, stained glass and restored organ. It's fun to see how they have integrated newer technology (sound system) yet kept the original architecture themes. Attend mass on Sunday and stay for the tour, you won't be disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

The Basilica is amazing and beautiful. My family enjoyed our visit here and we saw three weddings. The Basilica is in walking distance to the Walker Art Museum.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

A must for tourists and locals, alike. Incredible architecture, beautifully maintained. All are welcome. A nice place to meditate.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

I attended the funeral of a dear friend here - a gay man - which was presided over by an obviously gay priest in the presence of the deceased's gay male partner. This charade denied the reality and humanity of everyone involved. I was ashamed to be present. If you desire to support the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Quite, please pray upon entry enjoyed the ability to visit the stations, beautiful confessional place to pray. Great break from busy world.

Thank Noe G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Try to get an architectural tour through the basilica. It is very worth while and make you appreciate the building to a greater extent.

1 Thank Rosemarie C

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