Basilica of St. Josaphat

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Key Info

2333 S. 6th St.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Situated a few blocks west of the Kinnickinnic River and about 2 miles south of the Harley-Davidson Museum, the grandiose Basilica of St. Josaphat is worth a visit, even if you're not Catholic. Modeled after Rome's famous St. Peter's Basilica, this Milwaukee religious site was designed by German architect Erhard Brielmaier after the original church burned down in 1889. And like its Roman counterpart, the Basilica of St. Josaphat features a cross-shaped floor plan, as well as a massive copper dome.

Although several former visitors highly recommend attending Sunday Mass here, in order to take in all of the church's beauty, consider going on one of the property's tours, which are offered when Mass is not being held. There is also a small museum in the pavilion's lower level for those looking to learn more about the church's history. Additionally, walking tour brochures are available free of charge.

Travelers can visit the Basilica of St. Josaphat Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. While tours operate throughout the day Monday through Saturday, on Sundays, tours don't start until after 10 a.m. Mass. To avoid being rushed while touring the church, previous visitors suggested steering clear of this religious site on Sundays (unless you plan on attending Mass). Entrance into the church (including its museum), tours and on-site parking are all free. Donations, however, are accepted. For more information, visit the basilica's website.

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For those interested in the nitty-gritty of Harley bikes and history, consider paying an additional $4 per person for an audio headset. Prior visitors said the in-depth narration provided a superb detailed description of everything in the museum. (But if you don't feel like paying extra for a headset, the written explanations provided at each exhibit offer a wealth of excellent context, so you'll still learn plenty, according to previous travelers.)

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