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“A Short Drive From the Interstate for a Beautiful Gem”
Review of St. Fidelis Church

St. Fidelis Church
Reviewed May 23, 2017

We saw the spires from miles away, as we drove on a cross country trip. We were ready for a bit of a break, so we wandered over to the cathedral, not really knowing what to expect. What a treat.
The cathedral is really magnificent. The stained glass is exceptionally beautiful. It's in fantastic condition. There are four side alters. Usually in Catholic churches Ive attended, there are usually just two.
They really welcome visitors and offer literature and an audio history and tour of the church in the foyer as you enter.

Thank kelli320
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

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.

Thank Optimistic_Otto
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Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

This has to be one of the most beautiful churches that i have ever been to. It is absolutely breathtaking

Thank Running4Fun2017
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

Stopped by the Cathedral of the Plains, St Fidelis Cathoic Church in Victoria, KS.Completed in 1911 and filled with 48 historic stained glass window from Munich Brothers Chicagom, IL at a cost of $37,000 dollars. It has been placed on the National Registery of Historic Places and designated a Minor Basilica in 2014. A MUST see if you in Kansas on I-70.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

We were so taken by this cathedral. First, you can see it as you're driving down I-70. A mighty monolith to Christianity. It was built between 1908 and 1911. It must have a large and generous congregation as it was in impeccable condition inside and out. For those interested, there's Mass every day of the week. Saturdays at 5p, Sunday mornings at 10, Mondays at 7p and T/W/Th/F at 6:45a.

Thank Amy B
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