St. Mary's Basilica
St. Mary's Basilica
4.5
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10:00 - 18:00
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09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 18:00
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09:00 - 18:00
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10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
07:00 - 18:00
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic7,121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This basilica is not very big, it is simply decorated inside, but there are beautiful arches in Georgian architecture style, Gothic doorways and really nice stained glass windows.

The church was badly damaged in the explosion at Halifax on 6 December 1917. All the stained glass windows were shattered by the force of the explosion. The paintings on the walls were damaged by small pieces of glass and later suffered water damage from a blizzard that entered the church through broken windows. However, work on the renovation of the paintings did not start until June 2019.
Written 14 July 2023
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
St Mary’s Basilica is a beautiful church located in downtown Halifax. The interior of the church features simple yet elegantly appointed with lovely stained glass. Nice place to visit when in the area.
Written 21 July 2023
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Siera C
Windsor, Canada44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Beautiful church mid 18 century Catholic Materpiece. Still well maintained. The Altar, cieling and stained glass work all beautiful and worth starring. Walk thr grounds and admire how they built it then
Written 9 May 2021
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Elizabeth V
Bognor Regis, UK740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This cathedral is, as pleases me, not over the top. It is beautiful whilst also retaining some simplicity in its decoration. Well placed in the centre of the tourist area and the commercial streets, it is accessible to all. The stained glass windows are beautiful and are very clear.
Written 14 January 2020
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Michael S
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We went here to see the stained glass, which was very nice. But the history is special. All the windows were b!own out in the Great Halifax Explosion, which until the dropping of the atom bomb in WW2, was the biggest man- made explosion ever seen.
Written 10 March 2020
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PhillyTraveler
Philadelphia, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
The combination of Old and New Testament scenes in one panel design is uniquely challenging. There is a parallelism between the person or events in the bottom half Old testament panel, and the theological fulfillment or significance in the upper portion of the panel. 18 panels test your knowledge of Scripture, along with stained glass above the main alter and the two side alter windows. The original windows were destroyed on Dec. 6, 1917 by the Halifax Explosion. Franz Mayer & Co. of Munich created replacement, but not replicas of the originals. These are "Munich Style" windows, were the leaded seams are camouflaged into the design, so as not to detract from the scene. You can purchase a small book detailing the Basilica and the windows. The walk from the cruise ship is a little uphill, but worth the effort. Let me know if you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.
Written 21 September 2013
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John T
Halifax, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
A well-worn, but beautiful building in down-town Halifax. This church needs lots of love to restore it to its glory days, but the Sunday mass and its marvelous choir make a visit worthwhile. Rarely does a catholic church have such wonderful singing and a choir that so well symbolizes the rich tradition that is imbued in the mass. The congregation sings along with the choir in well-chosen hymns, and is amazed by the 20 voice choir which they are certain must contain twice that many voices. The acoustics for singing are wonderful. Easter and Christmas masses are not to be missed to fully enjoy the choral offerings.
Written 7 October 2018
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V3606LDsharons
San Antonio, TX42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A must stop while in Halifax. The main Altar was being restored during our visit. The numerous arches are stunning with red paint at the tops and the stained glass windows abundant!
Written 17 October 2019
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Mary Jane M
Halifax, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
We happened to stop by as an organist was practicing for an upcoming competition. This really added to the spiritual experience of visiting a beautiful church.
Written 4 July 2019
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JayCl
Toronto, Canada102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Beautiful Sunday morning walkabout, and slipped in for early morning Mass just after opening prayers. Quite peaceful and a lovely edifice in which to contemplate things. Welcoming congregation and a relevant Homily from the padre. Enjoy it just for the visit, or for something more as may fit your personal or spiritual needs.
Written 7 May 2018
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