The Franciscan Basilica of St. Josaphat was built in 1901 in a Polish Cathedral style. It is one of the 62 minor basilicas in the US and is best known for its grandeur and elegant architecture. It features one of the largest copper domes in the planet.
As the area and the congregation was largely composed of Polish immigrants, it is not surprising that their church was named after a Polish-Ruthenian martyr, Josaphat Kuncevyc, who was designated as a saint both by the Roman Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. It was designed by the popular architect Erhard Brielmaier, fashioned after the St. Peter?s Basilica.
Tours of the Basilica of St. Josaphat are offered weekly after the Sunday mass. However, groups can also arrange for an appointment by calling the Visitor Services hotline.