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St Cecilia's Cathedral

The twin towers dominate the skyline Photo, Omaha, Nebraska

Located at 701 N. 40th St., this is a landmark that is hard to miss, as the beautiful twin towers dominate the skyline as you drive out of Omaha on Dodge Street. The cathedral was built in the Spanish Renaissance style, which is much more common in the southwestern United States and Mexico than in the Midwest.

Among the cathedral's outstanding features are the Carrara marble altar and beautiful carved pulpit of mahogany. In the chapel there is a 16th-century stained glass window from Spain.

In 1901, plans began to construct a cathedral in Omaha. Prominent Omaha architect Thomas Rogers Kimball took on the task. Construction began in 1905 and continued through 1958. In 1916, enough had been completed to allow services to begin being performed.

St Cecelia's was added to the National Historic Register in 1979. Beyond just being a Catholic cathedral, they have become an active part in the community. Every year they host the Annual Flower Show and other community activities. Docents from the parish conduct guided tours for over 60,000 tourists a year.

If you are Catholic, this is a lovely place to go to Mass on Sunday, and they have a 5:30pm Mass. Even if you're not Catholic, it is architecturally exciting.

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