In the 1830s, French missionary Father Benedict Roux built a log cabin church named St. John Francis Regis on the site of what would ultimately become the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cornerstone of the Cathedral was placed in 1882, and construction was completed the following year. The interior of the Cathedral was renovated in 1955, and the distinct gold dome, made from 23-carat gold leaf, replaced a deteriorating copper dome in 1960.
Here are three of my favorite photos from my recent, maiden visit to the Cathedral. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
Cathedral Photo #1. When the Cathedral was opened it was the tallest building in Kansas City. Tickets to climb the staircase were sold to those who wanted to admire the view.
Cathedral Photo #2. The stained glass windows were made by local artists at the Kansas City Stained Glass Works Company and installed in the Cathedral in 1912.
Cathedral Photo #3. The Cathedral offers six weekend Masses, two on Saturday and four on Sunday.
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