Basilica of St. Mary 1931
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The Basilica Archives

Our History

More than a church for more than a century

This historic site, the first Basilica in the United States, has been a cornerstone of the Catholic faith in Minneapolis since 1914.

It is more than a local parish. More than an impressive building downtown. It is a gathering place for people of all faiths and races, a center for the arts, and a refuge for the poor.