Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Basilica of St. Mary celebrates 100th birthday
I'm a non-believer. But on days when I want to clear my mind, I sneak over to the Basilica of St. Mary on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. It's a quiet place to be alone, taking a breather from cellphones, e-mail and the struggles of daily life. Kari Vanderveen of the Downtown Journal reports that the congregation at the Basilica has spent the past 16 years getting ready for its 100th birthday. With renovation efforts in 1991, 1998, 2004 and recently, the Basilica's dome and copper roof have been repaired, meeting rooms and an art gallery have been added, and windows have been replaced or cleaned. Now through Sunday, the Basilica's art gallery is hosting an archival exhibit of the building's history. Check it out. (Photo by Todd Melby)

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