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Color image of a relief statue of St. Paul carved by Leon Hermant for the exterior of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Statue of St. Paul

Relief statue of St. Paul carved by Leon Hermant for the exterior of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of a west-facing view of the main seating area of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Main seating area

West-facing view of the main seating area of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of a stained glass window depicting Saint Wenceslaus inside the Cathedral of St. Paul’s shrine of nations. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Saint Wenceslaus window

Stained glass window depicting Saint Wenceslaus inside the Cathedral of St. Paul’s shrine of nations. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Color image of Tinos marble from Greece inside the north vestibule of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Tinos marble

Close-up view of Tinos marble from Greece inside the north vestibule of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Color image of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s St. Peter chapel. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

St. Peter chapel

The Cathedral of St. Paul’s St. Peter chapel. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Color postcard of the fourth Cathedral of St. Paul, c.1956.

Fourth Cathedral of St. Paul

The fourth Cathedral of St. Paul, c.1956.

Black and white photograph of the third Cathedral of St. Paul, 1914. Photograph by Charles D. Lundin.

Third Cathedral of St. Paul

The third Cathedral of St. Paul, 1914. Photograph by Charles D. Lundin.

Oil-on-canvas painting of the Chapel of St. Paul by Alexis Jean Fournier, 1888.

Chapel of St. Paul

Oil-on-canvas painting of the Chapel of St. Paul by Alexis Jean Fournier, 1888.

Color image of the of St. Paul Cathedral from John Ireland Blvd. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, 2012.

St. Paul Cathedral

View of St. Paul Cathedral from John Ireland Blvd. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, 2012.

Cathedral of St. Paul

There have been four Roman Catholic cathedrals in St. Paul. The first three were built between 1841 and 1858. The fourth, and the most architecturally distinctive, opened in 1915. Since then, no building in the Twin Cities has approached it in ambition or magnificence.

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