Obscura Day 2016: Ste. Anne de Detroit - Atlas Obscura

Detroit, Michigan

Obscura Day 2016: Ste. Anne de Detroit

Join us to explore the fascinating history and stunning architecture of the country's second oldest Roman Catholic parish.

The congregation of Ste. Anne de Detroit was founded two days after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed at Detroit in 1701, which makes it the second-oldest operating Roman Catholic parish in the country, with the current church building dating back to 1886.

Join us for a special Obscura Day tour of this magnificent church and to learn more about its deep connection to the founding and early development of Detroit. We'll visit the choir loft, get schooled on the building's stunning architectural features (including stained glass that was moved from an earlier incarnation of Ste. Anne's, dating to 1818), and visit the tomb of Gabriel Richard, the priest at Ste. Anne's from 1796 to 1832 — he died during the city's devastating cholera epidemic — and coiner of Detroit's motto, Speramus meliora, resurget cineribus: "We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes."

The proceeds of this tour will be donated directly to the parish to help with roof repairs that need to happen soon!

Saturday, April 16; 9:00am - 11:00am
Ticket Cost: $10

Ste. Anne de Detroit
1000 Ste. Anne St.
Detroit, MI 48216

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