Cathedral of the Incarnation (Nashville, Tennessee)

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Cathedral of the Incarnation
Cathedral of the Incarnation (Nashville, Tennessee) - exterior.jpg
Cathedral of the Incarnation is located in Tennessee
Cathedral of the Incarnation
Cathedral of the Incarnation
36°9′2.88″N 86°47′58.56″W / 36.1508000°N 86.7996000°W / 36.1508000; -86.7996000Coordinates: 36°9′2.88″N 86°47′58.56″W / 36.1508000°N 86.7996000°W / 36.1508000; -86.7996000
Location 2015 West End Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Dedication Incarnation
Consecrated 1914
Status Cathedral
Architect(s) Fred Asmus
Style Italianate
Groundbreaking 1907
Completed 1914
Materials Limestone
Diocese Diocese of Nashville
Bishop(s) J. Mark Spalding
Rector Rev. Ed Steiner

The Cathedral of the Incarnation, located at 2015 West End Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, is the cathedral seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville. It is named after the Feast of the Incarnation, which commemorates the miraculous conception of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary.

Church interior

There have been three cathedral churches in Nashville. The first was the Holy Rosary Cathedral which is now demolished and occupied the site of what is now the Tennessee State Capitol.[1][2] The second was Saint Mary's Cathedral, which still stands on the corner of Fifth and Church Streets.

Construction of the Cathedral of the Incarnation began in 1910 under the direction of Bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne. It was completed and dedicated July 26, 1914. The church has undergone two major renovations in 1937 and 1987. The latest renovation was supervised by Father Richard S. Vosko, a liturgical design consultant and priest of the Diocese of Albany who has overseen the redesign and renovation of numerous churches and cathedrals around the country.[3]

The church's architecture is modeled after the traditional Roman basilica, specifically the basilica San Martino ai Monti in Rome. The primary architect was Fred Asmus.

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  1. ^ "FIRST - Catholic Church in Tennessee - Nashville, Tennessee - First of its Kind on"
  2. ^ "Historical Marker Project - Holy Rosary Cathedral".
  3. ^ Richard S. Vosko: Cathedral of the Incarnation Archived 2011-12-13 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved June 15, 2011

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