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“A Romanesque Masterpiece!!”
Review of St. Fidelis Church

St. Fidelis Church
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Don't take another trip on I-70 without stopping here! We wanted to take photos of the structure, but when we went inside - we were blown away! How could a little town like Victoria on the plains of Kansas support such a wonderful cathedral?! The present church was built from 1908 - 1911, The community hauled and dressed more than 125,000 cubic feet of rock! This building is said to be one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas" and it is!!!

Thank Vickie S
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

You can see the double steeples for miles. It's an amazing Catholic Church from afar and close up. St. Fidelis is a gorgeous building and deserves as much recognition as it can get. The history is as beautiful as the interior. There is a plaque and a brochure that both explain how the building was built. Each family had to donate six wagons of limestone blocks to build it. There is also a display to the right inside of the doors that shouldn't be missed. It tells the story of the stonemason who played a major part in its construction. The altars and stained glass are so beautiful they are hard to describe. Don't miss the angles holding the holy water founts inside the entrance.

We had passed Victoria on our road trip west and didn't hear about St. Fidelis Church until we were in Hays. It was worth it for us to turn around and see it before driving on.

Don't miss the gift shop across the street.

Thank TravelingFreeWoman
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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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