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Address: 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1295
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+1 612-333-1381
06:30 - 17:00
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Sun 06:30 - 19:30
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 17:00
Sat 08:00 - 18:30

nation's first basilica

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A jewel in our midst

Whether you're from out of town or you're a local who has never been here, you have to visit the Basilica of St. Mary. The architecture is breathtaking, the music is beautiful and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Whether you're from out of town or you're a local who has never been here, you have to visit the Basilica of St. Mary. The architecture is breathtaking, the music is beautiful and you'll be warmly greeted as you enter. There is even a sign language interpreter at one Sunday Mass.

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Palm Harbor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

The architecture is stunning. Must go and visit, this first basilica built in the U.S. They do great work with the homeless, poor and needy of the city, so dropping a monetary donation there will be put to very good use.

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Beautiful church - exquisite stained glass on two levels. Beautiful carved ceilings, lovely proportions. The organist was rehearsing when we were there, adding the perfect touch.

Thank JulieUMFan
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

The basilica looks like an Italian basilica, well kept, beautiful, with many little details you shouldn't miss. Visit, walk around, and if you can, attend a service.

Thank MariPeralta
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

I had a couple of hours to kill before having to leave the Twin Cities. The Basilica was in walking distance of my hotel, and I wanted to see the stained glass windows that others on this forum had commented on. By coincidence, I entered the church as their Lenten Vespers began. The church proper was nearly empty, but the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Its a pretty building, I just drove past it. Did not go in or anything so can not really say if its worth it to stop there

Thank HanPeLeaWi
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Beautiful mass and great choir! I'm so glad that I was in Minneapolis to experience the mass here! Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

This is certainly an impressive church with a wide and high sanctuary. The altar has a 4 marble pillared gazebo covering it that you don't usually see in churches. The stained glass windows have very intricate designs. The copula over the altar is also impressive. It's very much like European churches but without all of the elaborate side chapels.

Thank tradIndy
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

This church is stunning! At the edge of Downtown Minneapolis it is very accessible. It has been renovated and church service are always open to public. If you are lucky you could stumble upon a wedding

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

We visited mid week just to see the building. It is beautiful, but the Cathedral in St. Paul is much nicer. Pay parking ramp is close by, but street parking is limited.

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