I was thinking that I would have to sit out this week and then I remembered... 2 1/2 years ago I went to Halifax because my dad was having a kidney transplant (he's doing great now), and I had taken some pics of St. Mary's Basilica!
They aren't the best quality pics, in fact I couldn't get the whole height of the church in one pic, then again St. Mary's has the highest free standing granite spire in North America.
(please excuse the wires, buildings next door, etc... I am not a 'photoshopper')
Here are a few interesting facts:
*A group of Irish Catholics bought the land for the church in 1784 after a repeal of certain penal laws forbidding Catholic Worship. Building was started on Halifax's first Catholic church, at the time known as St. Peter's.
*In 1801 its was evident that St. Peter's was rapidly becoming too small for the growing congregation. In 1820 construction began on what was to be the second Catholic cathedral in Canada, renamed St. Mary's. Prior to this Halifax only had two other masonry buildings - Government House and The Admiral's House - even the citadel was not constructed until 1829.
*Local craftsmen had not constructed a roof of such size so local shipwrights were brought in to build the roof as they would the hull of a ship! The original adze (planed) beams are still in place.
*Due to different renovations/additions over the years the exterior gothic style is eclectic with evidence of German, French and English gothic. Today the basic exterior structure is the same as it in 1874 after the completion of renovations (although there have been more reno's)
*In 1950 Pope Pius XII bestowed the honorary title of Basilica upon the cathedral.
*A set of eleven bells were installed in 1879, the largest weights 1200 lbs and the smallest 200 lbs. During the Halifax explosion in 1917 some of the bells were cracked and sent to England to be recast. They were reinstalled as a part of the first centenary celebration of St. Mary's and honour those from the parish that served in World War I.