Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral, Bardstown

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The Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral is a Catholic parish church at 310 West Stephen Foster Avenue in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is the former cathedral mother church of the former Roman Catholic Diocese of Bardstown. During its years as a cathedral, the pastor was Benedict Joseph Flaget, the first Bishop of Bardstown.ConstructionThe cornerstone was laid on July 16, 1816, with construction beginning thereafter. Materials used for its construction were found in the immediate area. The architect and builder was John Rogers of Baltimore. By 1819 it was sufficiently completed for Mass to be held. The interior was fully complete by 1823. Many of the paintings and interior decorations were donated by Pope Leo XII, King Louis-Philippe of France and others. The gift from the King of France included paintings by Murillo, Van Dyke and others. Gifts of royal embroidered vestments—the handwork of the queen and her court—and sacramental vessels were also made.Paintings from King Louis The Crucifixion, Phillippe Van Bree Descent of the Holy Ghost, Van Eyck The Winged St. Mark, Van Dyck St. Peter in Chains, Van Dyck St. John the Baptist, Van Dyck The Coronation in Heaven of the Mother of God, Murillo The Annunciation, Van Eyck Teaching the Boys, artist unknown The paintings were stolen from the church November 12, 1952. The paintings were valued at $875,000 at the time. The paintings were recovered during April and May 1953.
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  • Interesting old cathedral and basilica worth stopping in for a couple of minutes. Nothing too spectacular but not far from center of Bardstown. For architecture fans, this is a good display of an earl...  more »
  • A beautiful cathedral and we had a lovely tour by one of the ladies who spends several hours a week...just waiting to tell you about this beautiful part of history. We also got to hear the organ play ...  more »
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  • Very beautiful church on the interior. I took several pictures. Only wished there had been someone there to talk to. We did light a prayer candle and signed the guest book.
  • Such a beautiful church. Thank you for your hospitality during a funeral dinner.

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