Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica

5221 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS - B3J 1Z3

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(902) 429-9800
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Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a historic Roman Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in North America.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1820, and it was consecrated in 1853. Designed by architect James Dunn, the cathedral's architectural style features intricate stone carvings, pointed arches, and soaring spires, characteristic of Gothic Revival design. The interior is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows, ornate altars, and intricate woodwork, creating a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere for worshipers and visitors alike.

Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica holds the distinction of being designated as a basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1950, in recognition of its historical and architectural significance. It is one of only two basilicas in Atlantic Canada, the other being St. John the Baptist Basilica in St. John's, Newfoundland.

In addition to its role as a place of worship, Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world who come to admire its stunning architecture and rich history. Guided tours are available to visitors interested in learning more about the cathedral's significance and the Catholic faith.

Throughout its history, Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica has played a central role in the spiritual and cultural life of Halifax. It continues to serve as a symbol of faith, heritage, and community for the people of Nova Scotia and beyond.

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