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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 a day in Halifax off our cruise ship, so decided to walk the streets. Coming across the basilica, we were very impressed by the exterior, but once inside were truly amazed. The windows and arch...  read more »
  • Impressive granite Gothic Church with high spire. An understated interior with white vaulted ceilings and little of the pomp and circumstance in most Basilicas. Amazing stained glass and simple crucif...  read more »
  • St. Mary's Basilica dating back to the middle of the 19 th century and is a Catholic Church. With about 60 meters height, the tower is the highest granite existing in North America. Even the facade is made of white granite. Unfortunately I couldn't do it. Corner of spring garden road and bar ring tone Street compared to the "old burying grond" (Cemetery) located.
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