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Sioux Falls: St. Joseph Cathedral

Courtesy Sioux Falls CVB

Church groups touring Sioux Falls may be interested in visiting St. Joseph Cathedral, a beautiful 93-year-old church that just underwent an extensive renovation.

Workers built the church from 1915 to 1918, setting it on a high hilltop where it is visible throughout much of the city. The building was designed by a French architect who used a blend of Romanesque and French Renaissance elements. Artistic flourishes include stained-glass windows, bas-relief elements and numerous pieces of statuary. A $16 million renovation that began in 2008 shored up architectural elements of the interior and replaced many surfaces with beautiful pink marble imported from Italian quarries.

Groups can schedule private tours of the cathedral with guides who point out notable artistic and symbolic elements of the building. During the holidays, travelers can also plan to attend “Christmas at the Cathedral,” a popular musical production that features the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the cathedral choir, and soloists and actors from around the country.