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Immaculata Church, Cincinnati

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The Church of the Immaculata, or Immaculata Church, is a Roman Catholic church atop Mt. Adams, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Church is located at 30 Guido Street. The church commemorates the Immaculate Conception and serves the Holy Cross–Immaculata Parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Located at 30 Guido Street, it allows a scenic view of the Ohio River below from one of the highest points in Cincinnati.
The limestone church was built in 1859, just before the American Civil War, for the German congregation in the city's Mt. Adams neighborhood. Archbishop John Baptist Purcell decided to build the church while praying during a severe storm at sea. He promised God that if he survived, he would build a church on the city's highest point.
The nearby Holy Cross parish primarily served Irish immigrants. When the Holy Cross monastery closed in 1977, the parishioners joined with Immaculata to become the Holy Cross–Immaculata parish. The Mt. Adams Preservation Association raised enough funds to commission the restoration of seven paintings by Johann Schmitt. The paintings were mounted over the main altar and side altars between 1863 and 1870. A painted scroll stretches above the main altar across a depiction of the Immaculate Conception. In German, it reads:
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  • On Mount Adams this beautiful church, very nice and very rich in the vicinity of the Altar, is located a little less on the ceiling without frescoes; the Baptismal Source, as well as the Stations of the Way of the Cross; beautiful the exterior and the small garden with sculpture on the outside.
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  • The views from outside are some of the best in the city. Don't be intimidated by the Mount. You will find parking even if you have to drive around twice. You can find it for free. Look up Holy Cross I...  more »
  • I definitely recommend visiting when the church is open to catch a glimpse of the beauty inside. The church isn't a grand cathedral, but it is very beautiful, and historically significant. Also, there...  more »
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  • Beautiful church. I did the prayer steps and loved the experience, as I do most Good Fridays.
  • This is the church my great great grandparents went to . They lived on Carney street .
  • My family has been apart of the church for years. I believe that Holy Cross is one of the most welcoming and caring parishes in Cincinnati!
  • A true treasure; rich in history, art and a real spiritual experience.
  • The church is very pretty, and the view from up there is amazing.
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