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Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee

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The Basilica of St. Josaphat, located in the Lincoln Village neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is one of 82 minor basilicas found in the United States. In its grandeur and opulence it is an excellent example of the so-called Polish Cathedral style of church architecture found in the Great Lakes region of North America. Modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, it features one of the largest copper domes in the world. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Milwaukee Landmark.
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  • This is a wonderful, beautiful cathedral. It is wheelchair accessible. The website says the hours are 9 to 5 but it does not open until 10:00. 
    This is a wonderful, beautiful cathedral. It is wheelchair accessible. The website says the hours are 9 to 5 but it does not open until 10:00.  more »
  • The basilica is breath taking. It’s a quiet place to contemplate no matter what your religion is. Everything is very well documented so a self guided tour is very easy. 
    The basilica is breath taking. It’s a quiet place to contemplate no matter what your religion is. Everything is very well documented so a self guided tour is very easy.  more »
  • had a brief visit as they were getting ready for a wedding the day we visited. Don't miss out on the relic room on the bottom floor. 
    had a brief visit as they were getting ready for a wedding the day we visited. Don't miss out on the relic room on the bottom floor.  more »
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  • OK so first of all I am not even a Catholic but that should not stop you from going because it is just an aspiring place to recognize the importance of Jesus Christ for bringing peace on earth and tranquility for so many millions and billions of Christians around the world. It is a beautiful building that is for sure and there is a neat history walk in the basement but it is the up stairs that really just takes your breadth away!!! My Hubby was a little worried about the neighborhood but my Son said don't worry about it so much because he doesn't live far away (we are in West Allis) but nothing bad happened anyway.
  • I am a fan of old Basilica's, Cathedrals, and Churches. Anytime I drive through a town and I see a dome with a cross I stop. Well worth the stop, well worth it. It is a beautiful building inside and out. The history, in the basement was very informative, the sanctuary was immaculate, The folks their were very friendly. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone in the area. A couple of hours out of their day, would be a couple of hours well spent. A nice find, that if I ever return to Milwaukee, I would probably take another tour, or as I did on this trip, spend some time sitting and enjoying the silence and beauty.
  • From outside the Basilica looks nice, but it cannot prepare you what you'll about to see inside. Don't be confused with locked doors on the front facade where is logical to enter it - they are only used as exit, while the entrance is around the corner through the visitor center at the parking lot (free parking). The underground level has two nice chapels and interesting building history explained - to save money they built the Basilica of rubble from demolished US post and customs buildings in Chicago. When you ascend to ground level where's the main Church you're simply stunned. One of the most amazing interiors I saw in US Churches - unbelievable beauty and attention to details. The Basilica was built by Polish immigrants at the end of 19c
  • A bit of a labyrinth to get inside. When you do get to the side entrance it's a bit more wandering to find the basilica. I've never been lost at a church before, so that's a first. They were setting up for a wedding the day I visited, so it kind of harshed the vibe. Instead of serene and peaceful, it was abuzz with too much energy. Definitely worth seeing, though.
  • I'm not religious but I was here for a wedding and this church is beautiful. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Unlike any church I've seen (granted haven't been in too many).

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