Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul

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With its Neoclassical architecture and copper and gold-leaf dome, Cathedral of Saint Paul is one the largest and most recognizable religious buildings in the United States. The cathedral features 24 stained-glass windows. On the inside, the life of Saint Paul is honored with a large, bronze baldachin. You can also see the statues of four evangelists. The cathedral celebrates migrations of people to Minnesota with its five chapels dedicated to the patron saints of the Irish, the Italians, the Germans, the Slavs, and the French-Canadians. Another chapel is dedicated to Christian missionaries. You can take a guided tour or opt for a self-guided tour (brochures are available inside the cathedral for a small donation). Make Cathedral of Saint Paul part of your personalized Saint Paul itinerary using our Saint Paul trip maker tool .
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  • Great place to attend Mass. They also offer adoration in the lower level. Very beautiful areas to pray throughout.  more »
  • Looking for a great place to take photos both inside and out, try the Cathedral of St. Paul in the historical Crocus Hill area. Sunset & night photos are especially good.  more »
  • What a great church!! Beautiful inside & outside. Located at the top of Kellogg Blvd and across from the State Capitol.  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture. Very quiet and tranquil. Much of it is open publicly. Good for an interesting walk or free sight seeing. Rich with St. Paul history.
  • Very informative tour. This place has so much history. Nice gift shop area and beautiful quality construction. Superbly educated docents. A great "free" find in St. Paul.
  • Breath taking for first timers..Serene peaceful. Amazing sculptures and architecture.
  • Pictures just don't do justice to the scale of this place. It's huge! The combination of paintings, carvings and sculptures from the walls to the ceilings and the dome are amazing. It's a good companion attraction to the Capitol building which you can see at the otherside of Summit/John Ireland blvd There is a small parking lot beside the Cathedral which easily fills up when there is Mass. You also have the option to park on the street. Just note the restrictions.
  • A beautiful cathedral with a clever floor plan designed by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray. Early in his career he worked at Carrere & Hastings (they later designed the NYC public library) and Robert Morris Hunt where he helped designed the The Breakers and probably the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He obviously learned a lot from these architects. Or did they learn from him?

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Where to stay in Saint Paul

Places to stay in St. Paul sit concentrated in the downtown area. The Lowertown Historic District, which includes some of the city's oldest buildings, makes a particularly attractive option. Hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts here can put you just steps from the Mississippi River, while the greater downtown area also offers apartment rentals and hostels. Staying downtown also puts you within walking distance of most of the city's prime attractions. Additionally, you'll find a handful of national-chain hotels on the east side of town near Interstate 494 / 694.
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