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“Beautiful and remarkable.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Francis Basilica

St. Francis Basilica
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Dubuque, Iowa
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Beautiful and remarkable.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

If you like history and churches rolled into one, this and St. Raphael's in Dubuque are two of the most beautiful churches in the area. However, this church is more original, so I like it the better of the two. They both have quite an interesting history, so I recommend you look up both churches in Wikipedia. I went to Midnight Mass at Christmas there a few years ago and it was standing room only. Quite a remarkable sight.

Visited May 2013
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Merced, California, United States
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69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Seems out of place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

You don't realize how profound German immigration was to this part of America until you visit some of these German churches. It is nothing special compared to a European cathedral but in rural Iowa? You gotta see it to believe it.

Visited May 2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

How cool is this place?!! Stunning architecture sitting in a tiny, quaint Midwest town. Inside is even better than outside. The woodwork inside is just flat incredible. Definitely worth a short visit. At night the exterior is lit up by spotlights making for some good night shots!

Visited July 2012
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Waverly, Iowa
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Europe in Iowa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is an astounding piece of architecture and construction. Also a testimony to the huge community of Catholic farmers who settled in this area. Well worth seeing.

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