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St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax

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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Halifax and is the largest Catholic church in the Archdiocese. Consecrated on October 19, 1899, it was made a basilica in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica boasts the tallest granite spire in North America.HistoryThe church has been significantly expanded and altered over time. Originally constructed of wood, it was replaced by a stone structure beginning in 1820 inspired (as were many churches of the day) by Saint Martin in the Fields in London. It was expanded to its present size beginning in 1869, according to designs of Patrick Keely who introduced the Gothic Revival facade and spire. Besides the Gothic features, the spire also includes Norman and Germanic design elements.The facade and spire are notable for being built entirely of granite. All of the stone was locally obtained, except for the three portals which have a jamb shaft of pink Aberdeen granite. The spire has a height of 189ft.The basilica was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.
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  • I have never been inside a more beautiful cathedral! Very serene and a place to pray and contemplate for sure.  more »
  • St. Mary's Basilica was built in 1899; the exterior facade is made entirely of granite and the spire is the tallest in all of North America. My partner and I visited this beautiful structure while en ...  more »
  • I attended a few services there - Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Lovely ambience and wonderful singing.  more »