Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo (must see)

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the 163 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. This cathedral is unique architecturally in that it was designed in the Spanish Plateresque style. It was designed with Toledo's Sister City, Toledo, Spain in mind. Finished in 1931, it was built in the spirit of the great European cathedrals of the Middle Ages.

The main facade has a single entry that is recessed in a barrel-vault arch framed by carved limestone details. Above the doorway is a statue of the Virgin Mary in a carved niche. Above the statue is a 28 ft (8.5 m) rose window with limestone tracery set into a larger arch. The window depicts scenes from the life of Mary and was financed through the donation of pennies by children throughout the diocese.

Framing the entry are two octagonal towers which bear carvings of Sts. Peter and Paul on either side of the rose window. Above the window, on the pediment, are the diocesan coat of arms. The entire facade is surmounted by a crucifix. A frieze which encircles the exterior depicts notable events in the history of the church.

The nave of the cathedral is topped by a barrel vault that is divided into seven bays and elaborately painted with figures from both the Old and New Testaments executed by artist Felix Lieftuchter.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most magnificent churches in North America. Spectacular architecture, decorations, and ambiance, comparable to some structures you can see in Italy or Spain.
You can take walking tours and many times members of the parish can tell you special stories about things in the cathedral.

Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to explore the beauty of this edifice. There is no fee.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm; Sat: 4-5pm; Sun: 10am-11am
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Sight Location: Toledo, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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