St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Located at:   1140 Madison Ave  Covington, KY 41011         Navigate to Location

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption was the dream of the Most Reverend Camillus Paul Maes(1846-1915), third Bishop of the Diocese of Covington. Traditionally, churches attained the title of basilica because of their antiquity, dignity, historical importance, or significance as centers of worship. St Mary’s is one of 35 minor basilicas within the United States.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is an architectural marvel and home to an active congregation. The exterior was modeled after the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Twenty-six gargoyles adorn the Cathedral’s high pinnacles and flying buttresses. The tympanum above the entrance was carved from Bedford limestone and depicts the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. The interior was patterned after the Cathedral St. Denis in France.  It includes 82 hand-poured stained glass windows crafted in Germany, including a 24′ x 67′ window in the North Transept, one of the largest in the world, and two rose windows (each one 26 ft in diameter) above the organ galleries. Each year, more than  15,000 tourists visit the Cathedral. This site is on the Faith Tour, Architecture Tour and Arts and Culture Tour. Open to the public • Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm.

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