St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton

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St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica is a minor basilica in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The basilica, located just west of the downtown core is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and is one of the largest churches in Edmonton. It is the only basilica in Alberta.Of architectural note are the 60 stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and the New Testaments and from the church's connection to St. Albert, the first diocese in Alberta.Church historyThe history of St. Joseph's began in 1913. At the time the city's main Franco-Albertan church, St. Joachim’s, was no longer able to cope with the booming population of English speaking parishioners. A large basement was excavated and concrete was poured. The new church would function as a crypt church from this time until the building was finally completed in 1963.Construction of the church was halted until 1924 due to the Great War.In 1917, St. Joseph's became a separate parish when the English speaking and French speaking parishioners at St. Joachim’s were given their own parishes. The French speakers remained at St. Joachim's. The English speakers moved to St. Joseph's.Construction resumed in 1924, and Archbishop Henry O'Leary designated the unfinished St. Joseph's as the cathedral for the diocese.
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  • If you are visiting in the city and need to go to mass then I highly suggest this Basilica. The priests and choir are fantastic. The architecture of the building is phenomenal.  more »
  • My daughter and myself when on a guided tour of this absolutely beautiful Church. Having a guide was wonderfully helpful as he would explain the beautiful stained glass windows who they were and what ...  more »
  • It seems that every time I go to this church they are playing Christmas music. Ok, so I don’t go every Sunday anymore. Nonetheless, it is a grand old church which reminds me of Norte Dame in Paris.  more »
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  • A beautiful parish, smart priests. Lacking a community feeling to it, but it *is a basilica* so you do get some perks, like meeting the archbishop on special occasions. Lots of seating. Confessions on saturday at 4 pm.
  • One of the most beautiful churches in Canada...
  • Beautiful basilica, great place to pray. Service though on the other hand sometimes is a little boring/off. But overall this is a great place of worship!
  • Good place to pry
  • Very good to pray
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