|The Basilica of St Mary Minneapolis|
The Twin Cities can boast two magnificent churches that attract the faithful and tourists. They are both Roman Catholic and architectural marvels. Both are located on hills and stand tall in their respective cities.
In 1680, Father Louis Hennepin, a missionary, started the first Catholic settlement in Minneapolis. From a tiny shed church, the parish and buildings grew as immigrants came in droves to Minneapolis.
A basilica is an honorary title designated by the pope. The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis became the first basilica in the United States. The church opened in 1914. Today it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Altar in basilica|
|The basilica ceiling|
A cathedral is the home church of a bishop. The present Cathedral of St Paul is the fourth church building in a diocese dating back to 1841 and was completed in the early 20th century. The outside walls are built of granite from St. Cloud, MN. The church seats 3,000 and includes a Shrine of Nations with six individual shrines honoring the patron saints of the city's immigrants. In addition, the church encompasses four side chapels.
|Altar in cathedral|
|Pipe organ in cathedral|
On our recent visit we stayed at the Residence Inn in Roseville, which offers close proximity to both Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is an ideal location for those of us who love to explore various places. For those like us who travel with their dogs, the Residence Inn is pet-friendly.
Disclosure: Visit Roseville MN (https://www.visitroseville.com) hosted our visit to the Twin Cities, however, all opinions expressed in this article are my own.