Nation's First Basilica
88 North 17th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
+1 612 333 1381
This grand beaux-arts church was the nation's first basilica, taking 20 years to complete. Built during the tenure of Archbishop John Ireland, the enormous white marble building is a marvel to behold. It is 120 feet wide by 278 feet long supporting 133-foot twin towers in the front. One of the towers houses a 3000-pound bell that can be heard for miles around. Over the altar, an ornate dome rises 250 feet and the 56 rank pipe organ echoes throughout. Guided tours are offered every Sunday morning.
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Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: It is difficult to find a parking space in this neighborhood. A parking ramp directly to the north, part of the Minneapolis Technical College campus, is a good alternative.
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