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“A religious icon and a must see in Phoenix”

St. Mary's Basilica
Ranked #26 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
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Southern California
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110 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A religious icon and a must see in Phoenix”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Although St. Mary's has been around since the early 1900's, it didn't become a Basilica until 1985. when Holiness Pope John Paul II elevated the status of St. Mary's to this deserved level. This was followed by a papal visit in 1987. The Basilica itself is beautiful, inviting and maintained in pristine condition, and the grounds are worthy of a visit in their own right.

If you are Catholic, a visit to St. Mary's Basilica is an absolute must. If not, it's still very worthy of a visit simply for the history and beauty you'll find.

Visited October 2013
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Telford UK
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Hiddenaway Basilica-worth visiting”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Sitting between the office blocks, Convention centres and the University of Southern Arizona Campus, this basilica is well worth a visit to see the stained glass windows and take in the peace and quiet away from the Arizona sun. It is a short walk from the Metro Light Rail station on Washington/Central down Munroe St. If you carry on down the street (a short walk away) is the Heritage Square and some 19th/early 20th Century houses - well worth including in your downtown tour.

Visited September 2013
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Stained Glass Windows”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I had the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Mary's Basilica while in Phoenix. This is the oldest Catholic church in the area. I went to the Vigil Mass and not only was the church itself beautiful, but the choir was wonderful. Unlike many excellent choirs, it was possible to sing along and that enhanced my ability to enter more fully into the Mass. What do they say? Singing is like praying twice?

Visited September 2013
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Scottsdale
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91 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

I attended a wedding here. It is a beautiful spot for a wedding. The area is not that great, but the Church lovely with the most beautiful stained glass I have ever seen. it is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Phoenix. I didn't realize it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visited October 2012
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Glendale, AZ
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“My son was married here.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This Spanish style church is located steps from the convention center. Beautiful stained glass windows inside, and park like grounds outside.

Visited August 2012
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