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St. Xavier Cathedral and Library in Vincennes



The cathedral is now the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier. Begun in 1826, the cathedral took 14 years to complete. In 1962 the structure of soft red brick topped with a 102-ft.-high frame was restored to the original finish. A small bell, brought from France in 1742 still hangs in the belfry. The church is named in honor of the 16th century Basque Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier and his namesake, and another Jesuit priest, Father Franics Xavier de Guinne, who visited thesettlement from time to time. The library is the small building next to it

Topics: Churches; Catholic churches; Cathedrals; Knox County (Ind.)
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1900
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