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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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  • We had walked past this lovely building each time we left the hotel and explored the area. On Sunday we decided to attend the morning Mass in this church. We were made to feel welcome, with hymn books...  more »
  • A beautiful church, I went three times during my time in Halifax - for regular Sunday mass. Gorgeous architecture and a serenity that pervades the space are enough to warrant a visit outside of mass t...  more »
  • had the pleasure of going into this beautiful church during nocturnal night in halifax, and it was breath taking just as i suspected. my grandparents were married her so that has always been my dream(...  more »