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Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral, Bardstown

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4.1/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • This place was a nice reprieve on a busy day. The history is impressive, but there's not really much to look at. Every Catholic church is a place of beauty to me, and this place was beautiful in it's ...  read more »
  • Oldest Catholic Diocese west of the Alleghenies. Nice to see if you are visiting the Civil War Museum. No tour or information provided, but it is a well-kept church with nice grounds. 
  • This is the first cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains. A beautiful church adding to the history of Bardstown. Seen pictures of it since I was a kid and it's always nice to see when in town. 
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