Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr – Top Places to Visit in Asheville

97 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

The Minor St. Lawrence the Deacon and Martyr Basilica, in downtown Asheville in northern Carolina, is a Roman Catholic church minor basilica. Built in the early twentieth century, this church is an architectural marvel. There are no metal or wooden beams in the structure. The movement and in good shape are the German-made stained glass windows. It’s a must-see, definitely. Superb building with such a magnificent history. Very clean and friendly. Peaceful terrain and a place that everyone can enjoy. A great peaceful place for a relaxing time. In comparison to many basilicas others have visited, this is a small basilica. The tour is free of charge. It’s always open when you like to pray. 

The house is over one hundred years old. The outside is brick-covered. The cathedral is elliptical. Very lovely cupola. The dome is covered with tiles on the inside. Nice pattern. With good pattern. The middle is a skylight, which makes the cathedral tiny. During the weekdays we are visiting the front is close. However, in the dome, you can use the side door.  At the top of the main entrance is the organ pipe. Next to it is stain glass. There are two smaller shrines near the main sanctuary. On the left shrine, candle light may be offered. On everyday, Mass is available. Spanish Mass only. Only Saturday’s confession. It’s basilica, it’s not a common church. 

 Basically, there are Vatican requirements and everything must work.  The Pope would enter and all of us know exactly how (in addition to other things) to plan for a great mass.  It has the largest elliptical cathedral. Since immigrating from Italy, Guastavino designed this church himself.  He made the bricks himself (from what it told me) and donated just about everything. He bought some of the church’s major pieces, one of whom was a wooden crucifix from the 17th century.  He was in the church in fact buried; please check the crypt on the left side of the altar (you can open the door). Regardless of your religious background, the Basilique is a beautiful building work. A “basilica” from outside may appear a bit underwhelming, but within the dome and stained glass artwork are incredible and definitely worth a visit. 

This amazing location is located in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, along with these other must-see places of interest: 

  • McCormick Field
  • Grove Park Inn
  • Jackson Building
  • Thomas Wolfe House
  • Botanical Gardens at Asheville
  • North Carolina Arboretum
  • The Arras, tallest structure in Asheville
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Smith-McDowell House

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