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Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville

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Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville

The Minor Basilica of Saint Lawrence
A view of the front of the Basilica of St. Lawrence from the street
Basic information
Location Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Rite Latin Rite
State North Carolina
District Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
Status Minor Basilica
Leadership Very Rev. Wilbur N. Thomas V.F., Rector
Website [1]
Architect(s) Rafael Guastavino
Architectural style Spanish Baroque
Completed 1905

The Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence is a [2] It is located in the Downtown Asheville Historic District.


  • Church interior 1
    • Stained glass windows 1.1
    • Chapels 1.2
      • Chapel of Our Lady 1.2.1
      • Eucharistic Adoration chapel 1.2.2
  • Church grounds 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Church interior

The inside of the church is adorned with statues of saints, including St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Rose of Lima, St. Patrick, and St. Peter the Apostle. The statues were made by the Daprato Statue Company in Italy. The high altar is made from marble found in Tennessee. On the front of the High Altar is a fresco painting of the Last Supper. Above the high altar in the sanctuary is a Spanish wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Beloved Disciple mourning at the Crucifixion of Christ. Behind the wood carving of the crucifixion and covering the entire apse wall are polychrome terra cotta ornamental partitions of the Four Evangelists and two of the Archangels, St. Raphael and St. Michael.

Stained glass windows

The basilica is known for its many elaborate stained glass windows, many which were made in Resurrection of Christ.

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