St. Mary's Basilica (Halifax)

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St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax
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St. Mary's Basilica
Location 1531 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3J 2B9
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Marys Basilica
Consecrated October 19, 1899
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architectural type Norman-Gothic
Materials granite

Archdiocese of Halifax

Official name St. Mary's Basilica National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1997
Official name St. Mary's Basilica
Type Provincially Registered Property
Designated April 4, 1984
Reference no. 00PNS0025

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica is a Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is the cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Halifax and is the largest Catholic church in the Archdiocese. Consecrated on October 19, 1899, it was made a basilica in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica boasts the tallest granite spire in North America.


The church has been significantly expanded and altered over time. Originally constructed of wood, it was replaced by a stone structure beginning in 1820 inspired (as were many churches of the day) by Saint Martin in the Fields in London.[1] It was expanded to its present size beginning in 1869, according to designs of Patrick Keely who introduced the Gothic Revival facade and spire. Besides the Gothic features, the spire also includes Norman and Germanic design elements.[1]

The facade and spire are notable for being built entirely of granite. All of the stone was locally obtained, except for the three portals which have a jamb shaft of pink Aberdeen granite. The spire has a height of 189 feet (58 m).

The basilica was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.[2]


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  1. ^ a b J. Philip McAleer, A Pictorial History of the Basilica of St. Mary, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Library of Canadian Architecture, Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1984 (unpaginated)
  2. ^ St. Mary's Basilica. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 44°38′40″N 63°34′23.69″W / 44.64444°N 63.5732472°W / 44.64444; -63.5732472