Thursday, May 31, 2007

Celebrate 100 years of St. Paul Cathedral
The St. Paul Pioneer Press, a scrappy newspaper that knows its city, has offered up several articles on the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Joe Soucheray told the behind-the-scenes story of the surgeon who paid to light up the exterior of the building on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. - midnight. The newspaper also quotes Larry Millett, former full-time architecture critic, on the grand building. According to the article, he loves the cathedral's "sheer majesty and scale," mostly because of its 306-foot-high dome. My favorite Millett quote: It's "the SUV of churches."

The Cathedral will offer free tours of the building on Friday and Saturday afternoons. A full schedule of events is listed on the church's website, which also describes the importance of the building this way: "The Cathedral of Saint Paul is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese and a parish community of faith rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition."

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