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Almost directly after the building of the State Capitol was finished (1905) the building of the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul started (1906). This cathedral was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland and designed by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray in a Classical Renaissance style. The site that was chosen was St. Anthony Hill, which is in viewing distance from the State Capitol. I don't know if there was a connection between these two buildings, but somehow they do fit well together. Maybe it is because both of them used granite from St. Cloud for their exterior.
Unfortunately due to the bad weather you can't really see the nice exterior of the Cathedral, but even on a dull day like this one, a visit to the Cathedral is more then worth your time (in photos 2 and 3 you can get a first glimpse of the interior of the Cathedral).
I absolutely loved my visit here, maybe mainly because it took me so much by surprise. I never expected to find such a grand Cathedral in North America. Although the Cathedral is 'new' to European standards, it does have the atmosphere of an old European Cathedral.
The building of the Cathedral was finished in 1915, the interior however took over 40 years to finish. And I am not surprised it took such a long time, as it really is impressive. I really would love to show you a bit more of the interior in depth in the next few tips. So don't wait any longer, lets go inside and admire first of all the dome........
Address: 239 Selby Ave.
Directions: Take 35E to Kellogg Blvd. exit, then turn left onto Kellogg Blvd. Turn left again onto John Ireland Blvd. and finally turn right onto Selby Ave.
Phone: (651) 228-1766
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