Did you know that there are many beautiful and historic churches located in Wisconsin? Builders created these works of art not only as a safe haven for the faithful but also as a beacon for the community. Not only that, but most churches leave parishioners feeling uplifted and closer to their God. Let’s explore some breathtaking churches in Wisconsin!
1. Holy Hill Basilica
This Wisconsin church is quite a sight to behold, with an extensive history! Irish settlers first called the area Holy Hill and the name was later cemented by a formal sermon from Fr. George Strickner on May 24, 1863. Holy Hill was also declared a Shrine with “Portiuncula privilege” by Pope Leo XIII in 1903 and, in 2006, was elevated to the status of a Basilica. This church is located on 435 acres of gorgeous scenery on the highest elevation in Southeastern Wisconsin! It sees over half a million people from all over the world, and many worshipers plan a pilgrimage to visit this holy site.
2. St. Willebrord Catholic Church
Did you know that Willebrord Church was laid on June 14, 1891? Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this church has an interesting reason for the spelling of its name. Stonemasons made a mistake when carving the name, as it was dedicated to St. Willibrord! The name stuck, though, as changing a carving in stone is pretty tricky. Beloved football coach Vince Lombardi faithfully attended mass during his ten years in Green Bay.
3. Basilica of St. Josaphat
The largest immigrant groups coming out of Europe were Polish people that settled in Milwaukee after 1870! They broke ground on this beautiful church back in 1901, located in the now-historic Lincoln Village area of Milwaukee. Now, the Basilica hosts events, performances, and more! The St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation constantly works to preserve and restore the church.
4. St. Roberts Roman Catholic Church
This gem in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and this parish has much to offer its worshipers. Not only is it a beautiful church, but it’s also a school! The church is still operating and offers daily mass. The mixture of dark brick and pale stone is very striking. It’s not a lavish church, but the carefully-placed marble touches have a truly beautiful effect.
5. Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Old St. Mary opens its doors to everyone and has a vibrant parish! They offer several different events, grief support, baptism, and more. A group of German-speaking women founded this church called St. Ann’s Frauenverein. The beautiful interior decor was completed in 1868, and much of it is still preserved. The church was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, which ensures that the exterior of the building will be upgraded and restored following strict guidelines.
6. First Unitarian Society of Madison
This Wisconsin church definitely wins when it comes to a unique design, thanks to architect Frank Lloyd Wright! And officials agreed because it has been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark for its architecture. The history of this church reaches all the way back to 1879, and it’s still active to this day. An organization named Friends of the Meeting House advocates for the preservation of this building’s beautiful features.
7. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
This church prides itself on consisting of many Eastern Orthodox ethnicities. The thought process behind the design is that it would follow the basic design of the Greek cross inscribed with a circle. We have Frank Lloyd Wright to thank yet again for this breathtaking structure. This was one of the very last designs that he created. Most of the structure has remained unchanged since it opened on July 2, 1961.
8. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
This incredible building was first founded in 1866 by Polish immigrants. The owners have worked hard over the years to renovate this beautiful cathedral. Renovations include a restored sanctuary and sacred art, recreated stained glass windows, and a new copper roof, among other improvements and restorative work. Today, you will find that the Milwaukee Latin Mass community calls this cathedral home.
Summary of the 8 Most Beautiful and Awe-Inspiring Churches and Cathedrals in Wisconsin
|Holy Hill Basilica
|St. Willebrord Catholic Church
|Basilica of St. Josaphat
|St. Roberts Roman Catholic Church
|Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church
|First Unitarian Society of Madison
|Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
|St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
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