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The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
1. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Marker
Inscription. Near this spot in 1630 Father Louis Hennepin first sighted and named the Falls of Saint Anthony.

This is the oldest standing church in the city of Minneapolis. The front rectangular nave, built of native limestone, was opened by the First Universalist Society in 1857.

In 1877 the French - Canadian Catholic community of Minneapolis purchased the original structure. Adding the transepts, sacristy, and bell tower, this community has worshipped here for 100 years.

The building was designated a U.S. historical landmark in 1934.

It is the first parish in the United States named in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes. Notre Dame de Lourdes, Priez Pour Nous.

'Every tradition is sealed beneath a monument.' V. Hugo.

Dedicated this 11 day of September, 1977, in the presence of the Bishop of St. Paul - Minneapolis, National, State, community leaders and the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes. Rev. Alan Moss, Pastor.
 
Erected 1977.
 
Location. 44° 59.202′ N, 93° 15.471′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on Lourdes Place west of Southeast 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Lourdes Place, Minneapolis MN 55414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
2. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eliza Winston (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Chute Square (about 500 feet away); Symbols on the Skyline (about 500 feet away); The Ard Godfrey House (about 600 feet away); The Whirlpool (about 800 feet away); Joseph N. Nicollet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nicollet Island Businesses (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indians at the Falls (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. History. (Submitted on December 28, 2011.) 
 
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The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 29, 2011
3. The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Marker
<i>Notre Dame de Loudres, Minneapolis, Minn.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Rotograph Company, circa 1908
4. Notre Dame de Loudres, Minneapolis, Minn.
Note the simpler entrance to the church in comparison with the later photos. The Historic American Buildings Survey record for the church indicates that the brick entrance and statuary were added in 1914.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 443 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on . This page was last revised on November 16, 2016.
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