This past week I came across a large Catholic church I did not know existed in Des Moines. I am not sure how I missed it all these years but somehow I had.
In fact, this is actually a basilica. There are only 69 basilicas in the United States. A basilicas is a Catholic church that the Pope has designated as a basilica because of historic or architectural reasons.
From the outside this particular basilica looks quite plain, almost drab. It has a nearly industrial look about it. However, once inside you see a truly beautiful church.
There are 26 stained glass windows and what is quite special is the ceiling. Photographs do not do justice to this structure.
Upon looking from the front of the church towards the back you can see the massive pipe organ in the balcony. An organ this large needs a space this big. My guess is the organ fills up the space with a most angelic sound.
I have not done a blog post for some time but wanted to share this with anyone who might happen to see this.
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