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Cathedral of St Helena, Helena

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The Cathedral of Saint Helena is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana.ConstructionThe site for the cathedral was purchased in 1905. A. O. Von Herbulis of Washington, D.C., was commissioned as the architect. Von Herbulis was trained abroad and was chosen for his knowledge of the cathedrals of Europe. Rough sketches were prepared in two styles, Romanesque and Gothic. When the drawings were presented, the Building Committee chose the Gothic form; a motion to authorize that design passed unanimously. Von Herbulis was studying in Vienna, Austria, when the Votive Church was built there. He modelled the Cathedral after the Votivkirche.The Columbia Construction Company of New York began construction of the Cathedral in 1908; the cornerstone was laid on October 4 that year. On November 8, 1914, the Catholic community of Helena gathered to celebrate Mass for the first time in the new church. The first funeral held in the Cathedral was that of Thomas Cruse, a benefactor, December 26, 1914. The Cathedral was not completed for another 10 years. In June 1924, the Cathedral was consecrated.The stained glass windows for the Cathedral were made and installed by the F.X. Zettler Firm of Munich, Bavaria. By the time the Cathedral was dedicated, 46 of the planned 59 windows had been installed. The Zettler Firm claimed that the 37-window set, which told the Christian story from the fall of Adam and Eve to the Church in the early years of the 20th century, surpassed any windows which it had made during its first 50 years. The remaining windows in the clerestory level were installed by 1926.
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  • Another staple of Helena is the cathedral! It stands out and is absolutely gorgeous inside and out! If you come to Helena, this is a must-see building for the whole family! 
  • This is a beautiful cathedral, and is a beautiful addition to any sightseeing a visitor may want to do in Helena, which seems to have plenty. 
  • You can walk through this magnificant cathedral and take pictures.Itwas built in 1880 with 20 million dollars in gold mined from the area. The marble carvings, stained glass witdows and gothic arcitec...  more »
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  • Absolutely Stunning And can't wait to go back to visit again!
  • Beautiful cathedral. Wonderful history. Excellent photo op!
  • Exceptionally beautiful cathedral that looks like those you would see in Europe. Well worth a stop. It was open to walk through for no charge, but there was no literature about it on site. Lots on the web. Built in 1908 and truly remarkable. Check out the Jewish synagogue next door too.
  • Very beautiful. Best cathedral I've been in since I've been away from the city. But it also wasn't so large that it felt uncomfortable either. Very nice place. Had a good visit and a good a good chat;-) with an old friend
  • What such super nice cathedral in such beautiful city of Helena in wonderful warm state of Montana.