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Rosary Cathedral: Toledo

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio. The cathedral is the mother church of the 163 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.[1 ] This cathedral is unique architecturally in that it was designed in the Spanish Plateresque style. It was designed with Toledo's Sister City, Toledo, Spain in mind. Finished in 1931, it was built in the spirit of the great European cathedrals of the Middle Ages.

The cathedral houses a 5,500 pipe Ernest M. Skinner pipe organ. Its sister organ resides in the peristyle concert hall in the Toledo Museum of Art.



The second bishop of the diocese of Toledo, Ohio, Samuel Cardinal Stritch (1921-1930), made the final selection of plans approving the architectural drawings of William Perry of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ground breaking for the cathedral occurred in 1925 and the cornerstone was placed in 1926. The building was structurally completed amidst the Great Depression in 1931 at a cost of $3.25 million. It was not until October 1940, at the end of the depression, that Bishop Karl Joseph Alter (1931-1950), the third bishop of the diocese, dedicated the church as The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.

Recent Restoration

The interior of the church was restored in 2000 and many decades of accumulated soot from coal- fired and oil-fired boilers were removed bringing back the many beautiful mosaics in their original brilliance and luster.


  • Overall Length - 285 feet
  • Overall Width - 215 feet
  • Height from floor to peak - 96 feet
  • Normal Seating - 1400
  • Rose Window - 28 feet in diameter
  • Tabernacle - 5 feet in height[1 ]

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