Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sanctuary O' the Day: St Paul Cathedral, St Paul

St Paul Cathedral, St Paul, Minnesota

History: The Cathedral of Saint Paul as we know it today is actually the fourth building to bear that name. The first chapel was constructed by Father Lucien Galtier in 1841 and it was dedicated as a Cathedral by the city's first Bishop, Joseph Cretin in 1851.

The cornerstone was laid on June 2, 1907, in a grand celebration attended by more than 60,000 people. The Cathedral's exterior was completed in late 1914, and work and the first Mass was to be held on Easter Sunday, 1915. The interior finishes were completed as funding allowed and work on the Cathedral would continue over the next 25 years.

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