Basilica of St. John the Baptist
The Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptistin St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is the metropolitan cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland and the mother church and symbol of Roman Catholicism in Newfoundland.
Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Archbishop Martin Currie
200 Military Road
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
John Philpot Jones
Latin Cross, basilica
Direction of façade
85 metres (279 ft)
65 metres (213 ft)
16 metres (52 ft)
48 metres (157 ft)
Basilica of St. John the Baptist National Historic Site of Canada
The Basilica-Cathedral was the largest building project to its date in Newfoundland history. Construction lasted from the excavation of the ground in May 1839, through the laying of the cornerstone in May 1841, until the completion and consecration on September 9, 1855. At this time, it was the largest church building in North America and remains the second largest in Canada after Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal.