Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond

#14 of 25 in Historic Sites in Richmond
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond. The property is located along North Laurel Street at 823 Cathedral Place, facing Monroe Park one block north of Main Street. Construction of the cathedral was begun in 1903, financed by donations of Thomas Fortune Ryan and his wife; it was the only cathedral at that time known to be constructed by the exclusive patronage of a single family.

The cathedral was completed in 1905 and consecrated on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1906. The cathedral is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart hosts the Catholic Campus Ministry for Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  • The rich history of this building leaves you in awe. The interior beauty and continued upgrades have kept this building releveant.  more »
  • On the National Register of Historic Places this 110 year old cathedral is the seat of the bishop of the Richmond Catholic Diocese, but also houses the campus ministry for the Virginia Commonwealth...  more »
  • Great structure, wonderful acoustics, and a delightful Priest. We enjoy traveling for Sunday Mass and found ourselves in Richmond and decided to come here. Great celebration. Built in 1903 from a single private funding source, it was complete in 1905. Compare this to other major Cathedral in the east coast that took 10 15 years to complete. Nice facility.
  • One of the most beautiful sanctuaries I have ever seen and experienced! Even if you're not religious, I highly suggest taking a few minutes to walk through this Catholic cathedral to admire its beautiful architecture & incredibly unique stained-glass windows! (It's a great stop to add to your day at the museums, because the Catholic church in itself is a great topic for history, religion & power, literature, architecture & art lovers!) Millions of dollars have gone into designing, building, & preserving the Sacred Heart in Richmond - making it one of the most beautiful & largest cathedrals in America! A must-see if you're visting Richmond

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