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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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  • This Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and yet welcoming. We've been in many European cathedrals, and this Cathedral of St. Helena ranks right at the top of the ones that we've seen. It is large but n...  more »
  • What a beautiful and amazing place to stroll through and marvel at the beauty of the stained glass windows throughout! Visiting this church is definitely an uplifting experience and worth the time!  more »
  • It was very interesting and fun! My daughter had a blast just roaming around the church. No one was around but the area was easy to find, ample street parking as well.  more »
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  • I'm with Logan, it's pretty but more ritualistic sacrifices would give it 3 stars
  • not enough ritualistic sacrifices
  • Absolutely Stunning And can't wait to go back to visit again!
  • Beautiful cathedral. Wonderful history. Excellent photo op!
  • Keep your your Young boys away from this place.