The Basilica of Saint Mary
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We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Phone: 612.333.1381
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  January 16, 2014
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  December 27, 2013
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  December 6, 2013
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History of The Basilica

America's First Basilica

The Basilica of Saint Mary

Recognized as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the country, the Basilica of Saint Mary was constructed between 1907 and 1915. It's also the first Basilica in the United States, honored by Pope Pius XI in 1926. And it has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Dominating its own city block on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, the Basilica of Saint Mary is a grand architectural landmark housing a bustling and lively urban community. But the Basilica is more than just a beautiful building. It is a gathering place for people of all faiths and races, a center for the arts and a refuge for the poor. It's a community very much committed to the growth and social well being of Minneapolis.

Starting with Father Hennepin's courageous voyage up the Mississippi River in 1680 to Father Michael O'Connell's bold struggle in the 1990s to save the deteriorating Basilica of Saint Mary, the Basilica story is about inspiring, hardworking, and committed people. From the early Catholic pioneers who built simple log churches in the Minnesota territory to present-day community support for ongoing restoration projects in this ornate stone structure, this story inspires us. Follow the links below to learn more.

The Beginnings

The Vision and Plan are Carried Forth (1900s)

The Building's Exterior Is Completed (1910s)

America's First Basilica Is Named (1920s)

Father Hennepin Honored (1930s)

Eucharistic Congress (1940s)

Bronze Doors and a New Organ (1950s)

Designated a Co-Cathedral (1960s)

National Register Designation (1970s)

Restoration Begins (1980s)

A New Dome (1990s)

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