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When I entered the Holy Name Cathedral ... I saw very elegant interior..., but it seemed to be a little small (personally I expected to see the real giant). But,... maybe it is good that between the skyscrapers there is just small catherdra, it can be touchy.

If it 's possible I always try to learn some basic info about the place that I'm lucky to visit. Happily someone prepered the leaflets -"The Special Welcome to Visitors" and wrote: did you know?...

  • The "Chapel of the Holy Name" on this site, was founded in 1846 as a Catholic church for English-speaking immigrants who came to Chicago. The present Chathedral was the first major structure built after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
    Major renovations were made in 1915 and 1968.
  • The altar in the center of Holy Name Cathedral's santuary is a composite of monolithic block of red Rosso Imperiale de Solberga granite from Argentina. The altar top measures 13'x6'x10' and weighs nearly 6 tons.
  • The wide-brimmed hats near the santuary ceiling belonged to previous Cardinal-Archbishops of Chicago. since 13th century, the "Galero" (hat), a sign of his office, was suspended in each Cardinal's Cathedral, upon his death. From left to right:...hats of Cardinal's Meyer, Bernardin, Mundelein, Cody and Strich.
  • The large Resurrection Crucifix, suspended from the ceiling above the sanctuary, is made of a single piece of wood. also, composed of wood is the vaulted ceiling, essential to Gothic designs. The overall lenght of the Cathedral is 233 feet; the seating capacity is 1,350 people.
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