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Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton

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4.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King is a Roman Catholic church in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The Cathedral was consecrated on December 19, 1933. It is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, and the cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton. The cathedral contains the cathedra (bishop's chair) of bishop the most Rev. Douglas Crosby D.D. OMI. The cathedral was raised to the status of a minor basilica on February 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.On the south side of the bell tower, is the cornerstone blessed by Bishop McNally, builder of the Cathedral and fifth bishop of the diocese. It is a stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs to symbolize the cathedral's unity with the ancient Christian church, the first generation after Christ.Cathedral activitiesChrist the King Cathedral Masses are usually presided over by the parish rector, but occasionally, one of the bishops or guest priests will preside. The Cathedral is located atop a hill facing south. The South "King St." doors open up to a massive fine stone staircase leading down into the front parking lot. The pure gothic belltower containing a carillon of 23 bells, is 165 feet high and visible from a great distance. The largest bell called the Bourdon Bell, weighs 4½ tons and was donated by Prime Minister of Canada, R. Bennett, a friend of Bishop McNally's. At night, the Cathedral is illuminated by flood lights and creates an imposing sight, especially from the Hamilton escarpment.
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  • A lot of rich history here plus a library for your benefit is on site as well as other information centers (but you should ask where to go rather than wonder). The cathedral is beautiful inside and ou...  read more »
  • Seeking a refuge for some quiet contemplation, I was surprised to find all the entry doors locked during the middle of the day. The surrounding grounds are peaceful. Traffic patterns around the Cathed...  read more »
  • I visited the cathedral with my son (18 months old) and husband. It was a gorgeous cathedral and worth seeing but if you see the father be warned he is very unwelcoming and rude! I'm catholic and have...  read more »
  • Tried taking my girlfriend to church for the first time. What a disappointment. On entering the doors of the building she went out of her way to say a friendly hello to their new "Deacon" a dark look Italian man who looked like an oversized and overweight altar boy. Disgusting-he clearly ignored her. This guy is a phoney jerk who has no right there...we will be writing the Pope on our experience there!
  • Wonderful people hear who help people explore their faith. I really enjoy visiting the library. They have some great material.
  • Building is beautiful and they have tv screens of altar activities if you can't see. i like the cushions on the seats.
  • Wonderful parish, great Priest (Father Dave), stunning church architecture, and beautiful artwork in the classic stained glass windows.
  • Wonderful place with great grounds around the parish
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