A collaboration of Biltmore House–head architect Richard Sharp Smith and the Spanish engineer-architect Rafael Gustavin, this elaborate Catholic basilica was completed in 1909. It follows a Spanish-Renaissance design, rendered in brick and polychrome tile, and has a large, self-supporting dome with Catalan-style vaulting. Self-guided tours are available any time the church is open (free brochures are available in the vestibule or from the basilica's website). Groups of five or more can request a guided tour by filling out the form on the church's website at least a week in advance.
Nov 27, 2009
I had a Mass there at the Basilica of St. Lawrence - the pipe organ was neither too loud or too soft, the service was friendly, and the artwork and architecture were awesome to the details. Every Catholic must visit this church!