Probably one of the most overlooked historic sites in Atlanta. After almost 140 years this church no longer towers over Atlanta, but is a respectable brick building at the corner of Martin Luther King and Central Avenue just a block from Underground Atlanta to the North and the state capital to the East. The interior was restored after a 1982 fire so it looks like it did when the church was new, but the historic touches are still there such as floors that slope in many directions!
The best way to experience the church is to attend a weekday mass at 12:10 which lasts about 30 minutes, and you don’t have to be Catholic to attend, everyone is welcome. If you would rather not attend mass, stop by before or after mass and walk through the shrine. Like most urban churches, it is locked most of the time, but it is worth the effort to see one of the oldest buildings in Atlanta that has been restored to its glory.
Hint – Try to go on a sunny day with the light streaming through the stained glass windows. Once inside, you forget you are in downtown Atlanta and it is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in the city.
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