This Catholic Church was built by German immigrants over a three year period and was dedicated in 1911. On May 14, 1971, St. Fidelis Church was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as a building of "architectural significance." On January 29, 2008, the church was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas and on February 21, 2014, the church was declared a minor basilica by Pope Francis. We were amazed at the size and beauty of this church located in a small town in rural Kansas. The day was overcast and rainy and the beautiful stained glass windows could not be enjoyed to their maximum effect, but the marble carving and woodwork was amazing. There is a handicap entrance from the parking lot and automated push-button speakers provide an audible guided tour of the basilica. Plan on spending an hour or two to wander around and visit the small gift shop across the street. I was able to talk to the sacristan as she performed her duties and she gave a concise overview of the parish history. This is definitely not the kind of church you would expect to find in a rural Kansas town of 1,200 people. I suggest a drive through the St. Fidelis Cemetery on your way to or from the church. It is on the main road between Interstate 70 and the Church.
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