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Halifax in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces

St. Mary’s Basilica

La Basilique St. Mary

St. Mary’s Basilica Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 14, 2014
1. St. Mary’s Basilica Marker
Inscription.  English
St. Mary’s holds a central position in the history of Roman Catholicism in Nova Scotia. Begun in 1820, the church demonstrated the enhanced ecclesiastical status of the province, which acquired its own Bishop in 1818, and witnessed enormous gains in the legal and social standing of Catholics. A major expansion and redecoration of the church between 1860 and 1874 reflected the growing confidence and importance of the Diocese. St. Mary’s, named a Basilica in 1950, is one of the first Roman Catholic cathedrals in Canada, and an imposing example of mature Gothic Revival architecture.

St. Mary a joué un rôle important dans l’histoire de catholicisme en Nouvelle-Écosse. Sa construction, amorcée in 1820 à la suite de la nomination en 1818 d’un évêque, ainsi que sa rénovation et son agrandissement entrepris entre 1860 and 1874 témoignent de l’influence croissante du clergé et de l’émancipation juridique et sociale des catholiques dans la province. Nommée basilique en 1950, St. Mary, imposant exemple d’architecture néo-gothique parvenue à pleine maturité, est l’une des premières cathédrales catholiques
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Erected 1999 by Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
Location. 44° 38.65′ N, 63° 34.384′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker is on Spring Garden Road close to Barrington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax NS B3J, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pierre Maillard (here, next to this marker); Edmund Burke (a few steps from this marker); Glebe House Campus (within shouting distance of this marker); William Alexander Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Halifax Court House / Le Palais de Justice D'Halifax (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mr. John Samwell (about 90 meters away); The Old Burying Ground (about 90 meters away); The Welsford Parker Monument (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
Also see . . .  St. Mary's Basilica (Halifax) - Wikipedia. St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese
St. Mary’s Basilica Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 14, 2014
2. St. Mary’s Basilica Marker
The marker is at the right corner of the basilica.
of Halifax and is the largest Catholic church in the Archdiocese. Consecrated on October 19, 1899, it was made a basilica in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica boasts the tallest granite spire in North America.
(Submitted on October 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
St. Mary’s Cathedral image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, circa ca. 1895
3. St. Mary’s Cathedral
Glebe House on the right.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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