Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver

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Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver

Construction of the cathedral started in 1902 and was completed in 1911 with a final cost of approximately $500,000. Its inaugural mass was held on October 27, 1912, and consecration in 1921. The cathedral was raised to the status of minor basilica on Christmas of 1979 - one of only 29 American cathedrals with that title. On August 13 and 14 1993 (for World Youth Day), Pope John Paul II held mass at the cathedral- one of only a few cathedrals in the United States so honored. The church's spires were struck by lightning in 1912 and 1997, both resulting in damage.

Architect Leon Coquard of Detroit, designed the cathedral in the French Gothic style. . Its character is influenced by the 13th century Saint Nicholas Collegiate church ( collégiale Saint-Nicolas) of Munster, Moselle, France- the birth village of bishop Nicholas C. Matz, who supervised its construction. The building features two 210 foot spires, and is made of limestone from Indiana, and granite from Gunnison, Colorado. The altar, statuary, and bishop's chair are all composed of marble from Carrara, Italy; the 75 stained glass windows are from the F.X. Zetter's Royal Bavarian Institute in Munich.