Sunday’s Site – Cathedral of St. Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

NOTE: see the bottom of Sunday's Site posts for homes for sale in the area

One of the most distinctive cathedrals in the United States, the Cathedral of Saint Paul sits perched on Cathedral Hill, dominating the skyline of downtown St. Paul. It was designated as the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul in 2009.

It is no mistake if you see similarities between this Cathedrdal and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Both were built at the same time in the Beaux-Arts style. Both opened in1915… and both were designed by French architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, who also built other churches, university buildings and residences in St. Paul.


Inspired by French Renaissance architecture, the magnificent dome is 76 feet is diameter and 186 feet high. Its open design gives unobstructed views of the altar and pulpit, and the interior is illuminated by 24 stained glass windows. Tours are held every Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. Tours are free of charge, though donations are gratefully received.

Located on the highest point overlooking downtown St. Paul, the cathedral sits on the eastern end of Summit Avenue, home of some of the most impressive residences in the Twin Cities including the governor's mansion. Just one block south of Summit is Grand Avenue, a popular commercial district rich in history and lined with original shops and restaurants.

CathStPaul-1v Click here to see homes currently for sale in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the area around the Cathedral of St. Paul, located on Summit Avenue at Selby. (Please be patient while the link searches for the most current listings…click on the map to zoom in until you see icons on the dots, then pass your cursor over them for property information.) 

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