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St. Joseph's Basilica - a tour

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  • St. Joseph's Basilica - a tour

    They opened the Basilica today for a guided tour, something I highly recommend from a historical, architectural and religious perspective.

    Construction commenced in 1913, stopped in 1929 and was finally opened in 1963.

    Home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

    Pope John Paul II visited in 1984.

    Capacity 1200

    Style - Gothic

    Little known fact - the 2 bell towers were never completed, simply capped.

    A Cathedral is such because it is the seat of a Bishop.

    'Minor, or lesser, basilicas are significant churches in Rome and elsewhere in the world that meet certain criteria and are given special ecclesiastical privileges. Minor basilicas are traditionally named because of their antiquity, dignity, historical value, architectural and artistic worth, and/or significance as centers of worship. A basilica must “stand out as a center of active and pastoral liturgy,” according to the 1989 Vatican document Domus ecclesiae.'

    More information :

    Tours of here and other places:


    The pipe organ is 18' high and has ~3000 pipes.

    A special door for the Jubilee

    A very informative and unique tour, thank you.
    Last edited by IanO; 10-07-2016, 08:40 PM.


  • #2
    Thank you. Beautiful. I wish it would have been finished as first envisioned. I have seen a drawing or model on here somewhere and it was really impressive. Any chance during the tour they talked about that at all? It already is, but would be even more so a beautiful piece of architecture for Edmonton to enjoy.


    • #3
      Very nice.

      BTW next time any of you are in Montreal, a tour of the Notre Dame Basilica is an absolute must.
      “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012


      • #4
        Been there, done that and concur.