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Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, Detroit

#9 of 16 in Historic Sites in Detroit
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Ste. Anne de Détroit (Sainte-Anne-de-Détroit), founded July 26, 1701, is the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States, established when the area was part of the French colony. The current Gothic Revival cathedral styled church, built in 1886, is located at 1000 Ste. Anne Street in Detroit, Michigan, in the Richard-Hubbard neighborhood, near the Ambassador Bridge, and the Michigan Central Station. Historically, the parish community has occupied eight different buildings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The main entry to the Church faces a grand tree-lined, brick paved plaza. The present parish is largely Hispanic in population.HistorySte. Anne's church was the first building constructed in Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which later developed as the city of Detroit. Cadillac and a party of French colonists arrived at the bank of the Detroit River on July 24, 1701. They began construction of a church on July 26, 1701, the feast day of Saint Anne (sainte Anne). The parish was founded and named by the settlers in honor of the patron of France, Saint Anne, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Nicholas Constantine del Halle, a Franciscan, and François Vaillant, a Jesuit, were the two priests who accompanied the group. Vaillant returned east to Quebec in the fall.
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  • Founded in 1701, Ste Anne's is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in the country. This 1886 building is their 8th church. It's a beautiful Gothic Revival building to admire from outside; enjoy the.....  more »
  • Built in the late 1800's, Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church is reminiscent of the magnificent old churches in Europe. Tall arches, stunningly beautiful stained glass windows, a wondrous pipe...  more »
  • Ste. Anne is a beautiful historic church that held sentimental value in my heart as it was the church my parents were married in over 35 years ago. I was so happy to be married there - however, the ladies that run the weddings at Ste. Anne were not the best. Most times I felt that any question I asked I was bothering them and that they did not want to deal with me. My husband and I did six months of marriage prep but at the end, no one collected anything we had worked hard to get done. In one email I was addressed as "Queen" which I took as very rude due to the fact that I was simply asking questions since I have never been married before and did not know how this process worked. I was a very anxious and nervous bride and these ladies did nothing to make me feel better. There were many times they emailed me with wrong names and dates and they lost my baptism/communion/confirmation certificates twice and offered no help to get that information after losing it. It got to a point where I wondered if we would even be remembered that our wedding was happening. The priest - Fr. Ryan was amazing! He was as helpful as could be - unfortunately, he was unable to marry us due to a mission trip but he found Deacon Drew to do so which was extremely helpful and Deacon Drew did a fantastic job. Overall, the day went well and I was very happy but the process felt very exhausting and stressful.
  • I use to go to this church when I wanted to go to mass on Saturday. This church is truly Beautiful and very old. This church is the most beautiful church I have ever seen. If you are by Ste. Anne Church stop by, make sure you check all the doors because they just might be open.

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