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Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis

The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul was the only cathedral I was not able to enter due to Monday being the Labor Day holiday, but I was still able to view the exterior, which dominates Meridian Avenue north of downtown Indianapolis.

The front façade is placed close to the street, so it sticks out prominently as you approach from the south. The are two niches in the front, which I suspect originally were intended for statues of Peter and Paul.

We also learn from the cornerstone that the cathedral itself was built in 1906 but the front façade was delayed until 1936.

It reminds me very much of churches in Rome from the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth Centuries.

The rectory next door is a perfect example of Renaissance Revival palazzo-style architecture.

Also, there is a lovely little chapel that harkens back to Fifteenth Century Florene tucked back between the two buildings that sit on Meridian Avenue.

Much like a crowded Italian city, the buildings are close together, and it’s hard to get a clear photo of the various components of the complex. I like the density.

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