Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral, Bardstown

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The Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral is a Catholic parish church at 310 West Stephen Foster Avenue in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is the former cathedral mother church of the former Roman Catholic Diocese of Bardstown. During its years as a cathedral, the pastor was Benedict Joseph Flaget, the first Bishop of Bardstown.ConstructionThe cornerstone was laid on July 16, 1816, with construction beginning thereafter. Materials used for its construction were found in the immediate area. The architect and builder was John Rogers of Baltimore. By 1819 it was sufficiently completed for Mass to be held. The interior was fully complete by 1823. Many of the paintings and interior decorations were donated by Pope Leo XII, King Louis-Philippe of France and others. The gift from the King of France included paintings by Murillo, Van Dyke and others. Gifts of royal embroidered vestments — the handwork of the queen and her court — and sacramental vessels were also made.Paintings from King Louis The Crucifixion, Phillippe Van Bree Descent of the Holy Ghost, Van Eyck The Winged St. Mark, Van Dyck St. Peter in Chains, Van Dyck St. John the Baptist, Van Dyck The Coronation in Heaven of the Mother of God, Murillo The Annunciation, Van Eyck Teaching the Boys, artist unknown The paintings were stolen from the church November 12, 1952. The paintings were valued at $875,000 at the time. The paintings were recovered during April and May 1953.
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  • If you have the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Joseph Basilica, please do. The building itself is fantastic and beautifully and meaningfully arranged inside. Be sure to look up and see the saints p...  more »
  • True, it is the first Catholic Church west of the Alleghenies so there’s that. However, it should only take a few minutes to see this if you are visiting Bardstown. It’s a peaceful, pleasant church ye...  more »
  • This cathedral is worth a visit whether you are Catholic or not. It is a beautifully restored old church that is filled with history.  more »
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  • This church has some striking history .. shared congregations. Just being open during the day .. there are individuals there that will walk you through the church and even point out its architectural details gives you an appreciation for the missions here of faith. I would suggest a quiet reverence, they do let you photograph (stained glass magnificient) and don't overlook the pipe organ (wow!)
  • Love the services presented at this Church. Beautiful architecture with a rich history. Tours are available at request. Around 200 years old.

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