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One of the “8 Wonders of Kansas” – “Cathedral of the Plains”

Some of the best adventures in life are stumbled upon, and this is no exception.  This week, the plan was to travel to Hays and Garden City for work related meetings.  Mother Nature had other plans, and my colleague from Virginia and I found ourselves hopping right back on I70 after our meeting in Hays in an attempt to beat the massive snow headed our way.  On our drive, we saw what appeared to be a massive church in the horizon and a sign for St. Fidelis Catholic Church, “The Cathedral of the Plains.”  Quick detour?  I think so!

Holy.  Cow.  We were blown away by the size, meticulous details and history in front of us.  Dear readers, if you are ever in the area and have the opportunity to check this place out, please do. The massive, Romanesque structure is something you would ordinarily see in Europe.   I did not expect to find a church that seats 1500 in this small town!  Built in Victoria, Kansas by the Volga German Pioneers in 1911 this is truly a site you don’t want to miss.  Now that we need to make the trek back to Garden City for our rescheduled meeting, I’m hoping to find time and schedule a tour of the Cathedral.  Our quick trip inside definitely left me curious and wanting to learn more. And I promise to share additional photos – I’m still wishing we had stayed longer so I could take more!

PS – When I spoke with my Grandma and told her we poked our heads into the Cathedral, she said “Was it cold?  Every time I’ve been in there it has been cold.  You have to be a sturdy German to go inside there.”  🙂

Here are a few quick snapshots of this Kansas gem:



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