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St. Michael's Basilica, Miramichi
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The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, is located on a hill overlooking the Miramichi River in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. It is the dominant feature of the former Town of Chatham, New Brunswick and one of the largest churches in Eastern Canada. It is now included within the City of Miramichi that was formed in 1995.DesignSt. Michael's Basilica is among the largest churches in Canada, east of Quebec City. The sandstone neo-Gothic structure was designed by the same architect, Patrick Keely, as Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Providence, Rhode Island and the Church of the Gesu in Montreal. St. Michael's Basilica is 15ft taller than Holy Name in Chicago, somewhat narrower and about the same length, Holy Name seats about 300 more people (1,520 vs 1,200). Construction on the cathedral started in 1903 and finished in 1921. Italian marble with veined panels was used throughout the interior of the nave and the sacristy. The spire is visible for several miles especially when approaching Chatham from the north, across the Centennial Bridge that spans the Miramichi River.
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  • We made a quick stop around noon on a Sunday, so not only were we able to visit the inside of the church, but we also managed to hear violinist rehearsing. The stained glass is quite interesting: in a...  more »
  • We planned our departure on being able to see the Basilica. We stopped in on Sunday morning prior to Mass. The Basilica appears simple but offers a complexity of viewing opportunities. The range of st...  more »
  • This place is worth the visit just for the initial surprise at the sheer size upon entering the church. Higher than high ceiling and lively architecture await your eyes at St. Michael's. 
  • It's haunting to look at and the cemetery next to it just adds to the ambiance. Very nice construction.
  • Very nice church. Make sure to take your camera.