We are on another road trip. I just love road trips. Driving through Kansas on I-70 we saw a sign for Cathedral of the Plains. So, of course, we had to see it.
This church is beautiful, and big. This church is not a seat for a bishop, so it really is not a Cathedral. In February 2014, the church was declared a minor Basilica. The first Basilica in Kansas and the 78th Basicila in the United States. But it is still called Cathedral of the Plains by many people. We liked the carved Bible verses in front of the church.
This Basilica is 220 feet long, 110 feet wide with two towers, each 141 feet tall. From the other side, we can see an additional area for church use.
The exterior of the Basicila is made from native limesone blocks. We admired this exterior, but I want to see the inside.
We are getting closer, and mom said we can go inside.
Wow! Isn’t this beautiful? The ceiling is 44 feet above ground.
This altar is made from Italian marble. Along both sides of the church there are beautiful stained glass windows.
I love these big windows. The sun shines through the glass in a perfect way. From the altar, let’s look to the doors and the choir loft.
Isn’t that circular window beautiful? Don’t you just love to visit huge, beautiful churches? I do. Construction on this church began in 1908 and was completed in 1911. The community had outgrown three previous churches. The first 23 pioneer families arrived here April 8, 1876. These pioneers were Volga-Germans. As more pioneers arrived, the town flourished and this church was built. Across from the Basilica, we admired this statue, a tribute to the early pioneers.
Victoria, Kansas is a small town that is proud of its history. I, Zeb the Duck, hope you visit St. Fidelis Church, commonly known as the Cathedral of the Plains. It is just a few miles from the highway and I think you will love it.