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“Beautiful!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary
Ranked #13 of 206 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: nation's first basilica
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a beautiful basilica! Each year in July, they host the Basilica Block Party to raise money for restoration of the building. The block party is amazing - great music!

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White Marsh, Maryland
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64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

Well worth the visit regardless of your religion. The stained glass, the carpentry, recently a large restoration was completed. Exquisite!

Visited July 2013
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Lincoln, NE
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Beautiful architecture and beautiful art. They don't build churches like this any more. Artwork ranges from stained glass to mosaics to stone sculptures. They have tours of the basilica after the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

Visited July 2013
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Berkeley, California
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30 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“a rare basilica”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you are into church architecture, you want to go to this Basilica. It has what I was told, the one time I actually went on a tour of it with a docent, that the space for a choir behind the altar is rare but was a common feature in churches built in the Middle Ages. That suggests to me that the Catholic Church in Minneapolis, when this church was built, took great care and pride when it chose to build this beautiful basilica.

It is a very beautiful church, in a majestic setting.

Visited March 2013
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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340 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Cool place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

I'm not a catholic but this is a must see for anyone looking to tour around minneapolis. I've traveled extensively in Europe and have been in some of the largest most beautiful cathedrals in the world, and this place may not be of those sizes, but the attention to detail and grandiose nature of the church fits in on the scale.

Visited August 2012
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