Last Friday I got to meet another blogger from Minnesota, and she took me on a tour of the Cathedral of St Paul. Goodnight Gram knows a lot about it because she used to be a tour guide there.
I took the train into our capital city and we met for the first time at the station. You can just see the State Capitol in the distance.
We found each other easily, but I have to say, GNG looks nothing like her picture on her blog!
It was a very cold day when we headed for the cathedral on the highest hill in St Paul, Summit Hill. The cathedral was finished in 1915 and looks out over the city. It has a 120 foot wide copper dome and lantern on top that make it visible for miles around.
Inspired by French cathedrals, it has many beautiful features inside. I only had my phone with me, and my photos don't do it justice, especially the colors.
Here we are looking up 175 feet to the ceiling of the dome. Each of the windows are stained glass and we had to view them with binoculars.
The altar was designed by the same person who designed Grand Central Station in New York.
The bronze canopy above honors the life of St Paul.
One last intriguing bit of history, this is a block from Rouen Castle, where Joan of Arc was imprisoned in the tower in 1431 before her trial, in Rouen, France! It's set into the wall of a shrine to St Teresa at the side of the cathedral.
GNG gave me the sweetest gift. A few years ago, the exterior dome copper roof was removed and replaced, and pieces of it were sold to the public.
I'm going to have a hole drilled and wear it as a necklace.
I'm so glad I had this opportunity to meet another blogging friend. And I'm hoping we can get together again and enjoy some more Minnesota adventures.