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St. Fidelis Catholic Church - Victoria, Kansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 51.390 W 099° 09.056
14S E 486904 N 4300863
Quick Description: Towering above the plains, St. Fidelis Catholic Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Plains is located in Victoria, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2007 5:50:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ZPN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 144

Long Description:

Construction of St. Fidelis Catholic Church was begun in 1908 based on a plan originally by one nation's foremost church architects, John T. Comes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and slightly modified by architect John Marshall of Topeka. The exterior of the church was constructed of native limestone from a quarry seven miles south of Victoria. The church is in a Romanesque style and is 220' long, 110' wide at the transcepts and 75' at the nave. Its ceiling is 44' above the ground and the twin towers rise 141'. The church has a seating capacity of 1,100 and at the time of dedication in 1911 it was the largest church west of the Mississippi River. The church has been maintained over the years with a major renovation in 1994. The church is visited by about 15,000 tourists each year. Though referred to as the Cathedral of the Plains, St. Fidelis is not a true cathedral as it is not a bishop's church.

Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of organization: 01/01/1875

Date of building construction: 01/01/1908

Dominant Architectural Style: Romanesque

Diocese: Salina

900 Cathedral Avenue
Victoria, Kansas United States

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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