St. James Cathedral, Seattle

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St. James Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral church located at 804 Ninth Avenue in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the seat of its archbishop, currently J. Peter Sartain. The cathedral is named for St. James the Greater, patron saint of the archdiocese, and is the third church in the territory presently known as the Archdiocese of Seattle to bear the name.The need for a cathedral in Seattle arose in 1903, when Edward O'Dea, bishop of what was then known as the Diocese of Nesqually (later spelled "Nisqually"), elected to move the Episcopal see from Vancouver, Washington to Seattle. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. In 1916, the cathedral underwent major renovations as a result of the collapse of its dome; other major renovations were completed in 1950 and 1994. The cathedral, rectory, and site were designated city landmarks in 1984.
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  • It was a beautiful stained-glass Windows and a wonderful Cathedral with impressive Fortunately I've been able to hear the organ sound. Quietly pray and deserves to be fabulous space
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  • This 1907 church is impressive to admire from the outside due to its neo-Italian-Renaissance-style architecture with twin towers. The cathedral is open for quiet prayer and masses. If time allows step...  more »
  • We caught a glimpse of this church as we were touring Seattle and the beauty of the architecture drew us in. The exterior was magnificent and the interior was also nice. I am not Catholic so we didn’t...  more »
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  • Beautiful and historic exterior. Parking is a bit hard to find as it's located in the city, but it's within walking distance from the nearest train station. Be respectful in your dressing and mannerisms when there, it is a place of worship, not a tourist attraction!
  • We were welcomed at the entrance by smiling greeters. The music was inspirational. Members of the congregation joined the choir to fill the cathedral with the sound of prayer. Finally, the homily was informative and challenging. Thank you.
  • A Seattle gem & living institution. At once solemn, joyful and alive thanks to Father Ryan and a devoted staff.
  • It's beautiful. I love the neighborhood.
  • This is the most beautiful cathedral within a thousand miles!

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