Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

I, Zeb the Duck, went inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.   This is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Denver of the Roman Catholic Church.   And it is beautiful!   Mom did not take this first photo.   It was a free download from the internet.

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

This is the only photo she did not take and later you will see why this is not hers.   This cathedral opened in 1911.   It is beautiful.   It is 195 feet by 116 feet with a 68 foot vaulted ceiling.

Beautiful inside

Beautiful inside

In the vestibule we admired the baptismal font, which has the original communion rail around it.

Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font

Entering the cathedral, there are confessionals on each side.

Confessional

Confessional

We loved this Christmas tree.

Christmas is coming soon.

Christmas is coming soon.

Along the side are the Stations of the Cross.

Station of the Cross

VIII Station of the Cross

The craftsmanship is wonderful.

IX Station of the Cross

IX Station of the Cross

The foundation is of Gunnison granite (from Gunnison, Colorado).   The finest Carrara marble from Italy was used for altars, pedestals, pulpit and other items.   However, much of the interior structural marble is from Marble, Colorado.   The pride of this building, however, must be the 75 windows.  According to the website for the Basilica, this is more windows than any other church of any denomination in the United States.   These are considered some of the finest windows in the world.   They were crafted in Munich, Germany at the Royal Bavarian Art Institute.   Just look at these windows.  p1020151

The Calming of a Storm at Sea

p1020148

The Visitation    Luke 1:39-45

p1020147

 

p1020140

The Immaculate Conception, West Transept Window

The choir loft features a massive pipe organ, but the loft is only open to the performing musicians.

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Outside in the garden area, these statues are also beautiful.

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

When Pope John Paul II visited the United States in August, 1993, he celebrated Mass at the Cathedral as part of the World Youth Day celebration in Denver.   We showed you the photo of the exterior of the Cathedral.   However, restoration is now taking place, so these are our photos.

This side still looks good

This side still looks good

I, Zeb the Duck, was inside, but often in churches mom keeps me in my travel bag.   People were arriving for the 12:15 Mass.   This is the other side of the Basilica, showing construction and restoration in progress.

Under renovation now

Under restoration now

You can see, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is just a couple blocks from Denver’s capitol building.   If you are in the area, we think you would love to see this beautiful building and the fabulous windows.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s