Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Maine)

Diocese of Portland (Maine)

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is presently enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places is perhaps the finest example of the 19th Century renowned ecclesiastical architect Patrick C. Keelery work. The structure is built in the neo- Gothic style typical of Keelerly, and can fit 900 persons.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1866, but on July 4th of the same year with the cathedral almost totally complete a fire broke out and destroyed the whole of the structure. Building resumed at once and on September 8th 1869 the cathedral was dedicated.

The Cathedral has three steeples, the highest of which soars 204' high, the tallest structure in Portland, overlooking Portland Harbor and Casco Bay to the east and the New Hampshire mountains to the west.