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Church of Gesu, Milwaukee

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Gesu Church is a Jesuit parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a Milwaukee Landmark in 1975.
Although the church is not affiliated with Marquette University, through a 1991 partnership, it ministers to the downtown campus of Marquette and surrounding neighborhood.
Gesu, founded in 1849 as St. Gall's Parish, initially served English-speaking Irish Catholics from the near south and west sides of Milwaukee in what was the neighborhood of Tory Hill. As the parish grew, it built Holy Name Church in 1875, and by 1887 Jesuit officials combined the two parishes into one church. The Gesu name was chosen in 1893 to honor the Church of the Gesu in Rome, where St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, is buried.
Architect Henry C. Koch designed the French Gothic building, drawing inspiration from the Cathedral of Chartres in France. It features landmark spires of unequal height and stained glass windows. The cornerstone was laid on May 23, 1893, with over 20,000 in attendance. A dedication ceremony followed on December 17, 1894, to mark the formal completion of the church. Arrange to visit Church of Gesu and other attractions in Milwaukee using our Milwaukee travel planner.
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  • Wow! Amazing architecture in this enormous church. Incredible art as well. If you have a chance to top and see it, do it! 
    Wow! Amazing architecture in this enormous church. Incredible art as well. If you have a chance to top and see it, do it!  more »
  • This church is worth a look from the outside and the inside. Both are beautiful, built to give glory in a way we no longer often see. 
    This church is worth a look from the outside and the inside. Both are beautiful, built to give glory in a way we no longer often see.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. Attended wedding. It's a little hard to hear with the tall ceiling, but was very impressed. Gorgeous!
  • It was my first Time visiting The Church Of Gesu. I usually attend The Basilica Of Saint Josaphat which is the Church that my Great Grandparents and my Great Great Grandparents helped build over 100 Years Ago. They took 2nd mortgages on their houses to build The Basilica Of Saint Josaphat. I wanted to see The Church Of Gesu because I heard that it was a Beautiful Church. Plus I overslept on Sunday and I missed Church at The Basilica Of Saint Josaphat, so I decided to go to Mass at The Church Of Gesu since I heard that they have a Mass at 6:00 P.M..... The Church Of Gesu is a Beautiful Church. I recommend going to see The Church Of Gesu

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