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Cathedral of the Madeleine: Catholic Church in Salt Lake City

The Cathedral Of The Madeleine Is The Mother Church of Roman Catholics In Salt Lake City

History of the Cathedral of the Madeleine

Cathedral of the MadeleineThe history of the Cathedral of the Madeleine begins with the first bishop of Salt Lake, Reverend Lawrence Scanlan (1843-1915). He was in charge during construction of The Cathedral of the Madeleine. The process began in the year 1900 and was completed 9 years later on August 15, 1909. The cathedral combines a Romanesque exterior with a Gothic interior. The building process involved two architects, Carl M. Newhausen and Bernard O. Mecklenburg. The property was purchased 10 years before construction began, in 1890, for $35,000 and the total cost of the cathedral was $344,000.

Recent changes to the Cathedral of the Madeleine

More recently, a renovation, estimated at $9.7 Million, took place from 1991 to February 21, 1993. The aim was to enhance and strengthen the structure without eliminating history. The cathedral is listed on both the Utah and national registers of historical places. This is because going to this Cathedral is one of many interesting things to do in Salt Lake City. The stained glass windows were rebuilt in 1992. Furthermore, these windows are among the interior’s most fantastic pieces, they portray classic Catholic themes. These themes include Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Thus, whether one is a Catholic in Utah, or simply a fan of great Architecture, visiting this cathedral is a must.


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Location of the Cathedral of the Madeleine

Around The Cathedral of the Madeleine

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is located at 331 East South Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. The surrounding landscape enhances the religious experience of visiting this Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. The parking can accommodate all who are interested in attending Catholic Mass in Downtown Salt Lake. The cathedral is large enough for all those who want to participate in praise and worship.  Plenty of space exists for tourists wanting to see the wonderful Christian symbols and religious imagery found in the stained glass.

Stained Glass above entranceStained GlassStained Glass ArchangelsStained Glass Jesus Christ





Features of the Cathedral of The Madeleine

Virgen de GuadalupeThere are many features about the Cathedral that appeal to those who are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Beautiful religious imagery such as the image of our lady of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe) can be found throughout the Cathedral. Furthermore, all those who have Catholic beliefs will feel blessed for being able to attend Sunday Mass at this Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. The Cathedral of the Madeleine has much to offer such as religious education, Baptism, Mass in Spanish, or preparation for receiving the Sacrament of First Communion. One can also find information about events, Mass times, and other activities on the Cathedral of the Madeleine website.

St. Mary Magdalene

Images of Mary Magdalene are prominent in the art of the cathedral. Also, the symbols most oftenSt. Mary Magdalene in Cathedral associated with images of Mary Magdalene, such as a jar holding perfumed oil. This is because symbolically this jar was used to anoint Jesus‘ feet and long flowing hair. The painting on the right forms part of the central mural in the sanctuary of the Cathedral. This is the only cathedral in the United States dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. In the image she stands at the foot of the cross, arms reaching upward toward the crucified Jesus. This painting was imported from Italy by the second bishop of Salt Lake, Bishop Glass in the early 1920s.

Reasons to Visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is truly a Salt Lake City attraction and people of all religious denominations as well as those who aren’t religious at all will enjoy the artistic beauty that can be found at this Catholic Church. Also, everyone can be motivated by the focus on improving the community. The mission of the Cathedral is to serve others and to be good stewards of the earth, based on the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. Additionally, the primary focus is composed of special projects and one hope is that parish members as well as others in the community will join their efforts or simply offer suggestions. Regardless, of religious affiliation or interest in community activities one would truly miss out on a great opportunity if they did not visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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