Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Walk By Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Downtown Jacksonville

After a meeting in downtown I decided to take the long way back to my car. Temperatures of close to 100 made it a quick walk but I managed to snap a couple photos on my way.

Downtown Jacksonville boosts several beautiful old churches and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church one of my favorites. I love the tall spires and the red roof.

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is one of the oldest Catholic Churches in north Florida. The original church was founded in 1854 and just a few years later in 1863 it became the victim of the Civil War when Union soldiers looted and burned the building. In 1871 a new building was dedicated but disaster stuck once again when in 1901 the building was destroyed in the Great Fire that consumed downtown Jacksonville.

The Gothic style building we see today was constructed in 1910. One hundred and six  years later the church draws hundreds of people each week for daily mass, confessions and weddings.

My photo taken on my cell phone doesn't do the beautiful building justice. You can take a virtual tour of the exterior, interior and the stain glass windows by clicking the link below.

No matter where you are always take the time for a short walk and just see what you find. There are treasures around every corner!

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
121 E Duval Street
Jacksonville, Florida
Corner of E Duval and Ocean Street

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  1. It is towering and lovely!

    1. It really does tower over everything around it.

  2. That is certainly a beautiful building. It looks quite majestic.

  3. Well shame on those Yankee soldiers, looting and burning this nice church.
    I'm glad it lives on.

  4. A fine image of this marvelous cathedral. I like having the history of the church too.

  5. Hello Patti!
    Magnificent church, I like this type of architecture and the tower is impressive.
    Greetings from Poland.

  6. Impressive towers! Glad it rose from the ashes to become this fine church.

  7. Very interseting photos.


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