Saint James Cathedral, Seattle

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St. James Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral church located at 804 Ninth Avenue in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the seat of its archbishop, currently J. Peter Sartain. The cathedral is named for St. James the Greater, patron saint of the archdiocese, and is the third church in the territory presently known as the Archdiocese of Seattle to bear the name.
The need for a cathedral in Seattle arose in 1903, when Edward O'Dea, bishop of what was then known as the Diocese of Nesqually (later spelled "Nisqually"), elected to move the Episcopal see from Vancouver, Washington to Seattle. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. In 1916, the cathedral underwent major renovations as a result of the collapse of its dome; other major renovations were completed in 1950 and 1994. The cathedral, rectory, and site were designated city landmarks in 1984.
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  • St. James Roman Catholic cathedral is located in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Built in the Renaissance Revival style in 1907 by Architect 's Heins and LaFarge, Saint James Cathedral it...  more »
  • A very well maintained cathedral. Stunning architecture and an immense treat for all going to the church to worship. I attended the 10am mass on Sunday and the singing by the choir was amazing  more »
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  • St. James Cathedral is beyond beautiful! I visit Seattle almost every year and had never stopped to visit St. James Cathedral. Located close to the downtown area, I stopped to light two candles, say a prayer and thank the Lord for everything. I visited the gift shop next door and will bring home some necklaces and rosaries. I do plan to make it to mass on my next stay in Seattle.
  • Most beautiful church I have ever seen in my life. Wonderful people. Beautiful service, great haunting choir.

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