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Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary
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Religion, History, Architecture, Art, Music
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Price: Free
Donations are accepted.
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
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Basilica of St. Mary

The Basilica

Nation's First Basilica

Must See

Address: Phone:
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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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 6:30am-5:30pm, Mon-Fri; 8am-6:30pm, Sat; 6:30am-7:30pm, Sun
Notes: Mass: 7am and noon, Mon-Fri; 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 6:30pm, Sun
Visit Time: 30min-2hr
Best Time to Visit: Sundays are the best time to visit.
Why Best: Worship services in the vast, richly decorated church are a splendid spiritual event.
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free
Price Notes: Donations are accepted.


Indoor with no climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Bus Walking
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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