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Cathedral of the Assumption
"Interior of the Cathedral of the Assumption,
Louisville Kentucky"
ca. 1900-1920

The building was erected between 1849 and 1852.  The interior and exterior are in the Northern European Gothic style.  This is an early view of the interior that show the cathedral as it was in the early 20th Century.  It broke the hearts of many Louisvillians some years ago when the lack of care in a renovation project (ca. 1970s) meant that much of the church interior was sacrificed.  Why?  None of us know. Maybe a misinterpretation of the suggestions of Vatican II.  We only remember the pieces of the original marble altar railing discarded on the street for anyone to come and take home.  Perhaps some of it still survives as "yard art" somewhere.

Under the altar still lie the remains of Archbishop Benedict Joseph Flaget (the "first Bishop of the West") and Archbishop Peter Lavialle, the first bishop of this cathedral.

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