Basilica of St. Josaphat

Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee

Basilica of St. Josaphat
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Enter the Basilica of St. Josaphat through the Visitor Center, Monday-Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm for visits and tours; free tour after Sunday 10:00am Mass. The Visitor Center is in the Pope John Paul II Pavilion at S. 7th Street and West Lincoln Ave. Enter from the street side or parking lot. Located in Milwaukee’s historic Lincoln Village, the Basilica is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans and has a captivating story of faith, historical significance, and unmatched architectural and artistic beauty. Polish immigrants built the Basilica over 115 years ago using salvaged materials from the razed U.S. Post Office and Custom House federal building in Chicago. Its 250 foot high copper dome is the icon of the diverse neighborhood the Basilica serves today. The Basilica hosts community events, performances of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and others. The St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation, a 501(c)(3) works with the Franciscans to preserve and restore the Basilica. All are welcome!
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,133 contributions
From outside the Basilica looks nice, but it cannot prepare you what you'll about to see inside .
Don't be confused with locked doors on the front facade where is logical to enter it - they are only used as exit, while the entrance is around the corner through the visitor center at the parking lot (free parking).
The underground level has two nice chapels and interesting building history explained - to save money they built the Basilica of rubble from demolished US post and customs buildings in Chicago.
When you ascend to ground level where's the main Church you're simply stunned.
One of the most amazing interiors I saw in US Churches - unbelievable beauty and attention to details.
The Basilica was built by Polish immigrants at the end of 19c
Written May 24, 2022
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Debbi D
mattapoisett, ma702 contributions
We decided to go to mass here. Because of COVID we had to make reservations and the only one open was the 12 low mass. First we walked in and all the women and girls had their heads covered with lace scarves. Then the mass was all in Latin and the priest kept his back to us the whole time. It was completely different than any mass I have attended. It was a religious and cultural experience.
Written June 4, 2021
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gabececi
Brookfield, WI33 contributions
This neighborhood church is a beautiful example of making much with limited funds. The story of how it was built and of the dedication of the parishioners in making it in the style of old European churches is entertaining. Easy parking in the church lot.
Written May 14, 2022
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Tina L
Chicago, IL228 contributions
Beautiful church. There are no other words. This quiet sanctuary tucked away gets its fair share of visitors. This was a quick add on to our Labor Day weekend trip and the whole family (including boys 10 & 13) enjoyed the quiet but gorgeous church. There are a few different parts to the church: upstairs, down stairs and main level. The whole self guided tour took us a couple hours (I stopped to pray, light a candle, and examine the gorgeous stained glass, sculptures, & artifacts in detail). There is a cute little gift shop where you can purchase religious items and bottle for holy water. There is a donation box for free will offering also. Parking is a little weird, park in the back lot and follow the signs to the entrance through the Pope John Paul II Pavilion. Ring the bell - they're distancing entrants to the building.
Written September 12, 2021
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ab1324
Morris County, NJ131 contributions
This cathedral is a must see in the Milwaukee area. We visited around 11am on a Saturday. Please note it appears it is not in the nicest of areas but do not let that stop you. You can park in the lot and you have to ring a bell in the back and be buzzed in. My only wish was that we could have done the audio tour. When we got there they told us a wedding started at 12pm so we felt a bit rushed to go through the site. It is truly majestic and peaceful and the bit of history we were able to get from walking around was amazing.
Written June 15, 2021
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Jonathan R
Washington DC, DC931 contributions
Couples
During a recent stay in Milwaukee, my wife and I made a somewhat casual decision to visit the Basilica of St. Josaphat, based partly on the fact that it was near another attraction we wanted to see. Seeing the Basilica exceeded all of our expectations. The basilica is a supremely beautiful example of Italian Renaissance church architecture, with ornate and elaborate decoration throughout.
Visitors should use the audio tours available at the gift shop. The recordings include a great deal of information about specific points of interest within the basilica.
Written July 31, 2021
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rrgeniusz
Cedarburg, WI263 contributions
Family
This is a really monumental building. Most of the stone and many of the fixtures were once part of Chicago's Main Post Office. If you look closely at the original doors, you can see the Post Office monograms on the door knobs. The windows, paintings and interior of the dome are simply breath-taking. For many years, I yearly brought 4 classes of 4th graders to see the basilica and cautioned them that they must be absolutely quiet. They are so busy looking that no one had ever broken the silence.
Written February 7, 2020
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Kristine K
105 contributions
A magnificint building. A building that is loved, taken care of, and cherished by the congregation as well as the brothers whom care for the church. Jaw dropping beauty. The tour is well worth the $5 donation. Go. Visit. Sit awhile and take in the space.
Written April 24, 2021
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Al is Traveling
Kansas City, MO99 contributions
I am a fan of old Basilica's, Cathedrals, and Churches. Anytime I drive through a town and I see a dome with a cross I stop. Well worth the stop, well worth it. It is a beautiful building inside and out. The history, in the basement was very informative, the sanctuary was immaculate, The folks their were very friendly. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone in the area. A couple of hours out of their day, would be a couple of hours well spent. A nice find, that if I ever return to Milwaukee, I would probably take another tour, or as I did on this trip, spend some time sitting and enjoying the silence and beauty.
Written May 5, 2022
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Deb
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. This church was breath-taking.It had three floors, just gorgeous sculptures. I am not Catholic, but I would recommend this church. You ring the buzzer in the back side door. It is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring your camera for memories.
Written June 1, 2022
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  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM