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Holy Family Cathedral

Holy Family Cathedral is a Catholic Church’s cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska. It is regarded as the mother church of the legacy of the Acrhdiocese of Anchorage. At the same time, it serves to be the archbishop’s seat for Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. The cathedral is situated in the heart of the city in Alaska.

Holy Family Cathedral was set up in the same year when the city of Anchorage in Alaska was set up. In the year 1915, Reverend Jon Vander Pol was asked to go to Alaska for investigating the overall requirement of a parish in the event of an auction for the value of $175. Father Pol had gone forward with designing a simple building out of wooden frame with a veneer representing ornamental cement-based block measuring 24 feet by 48 feet. The entire building was constructed for the amount $1400.

The cathedral has also served as the host church during the visit of Pope John Paul II in the year 1981 to the city of Anchorage in Alaska. This event had drawn the attention of a huge crowd of around 80,000 people. The cathedral witnessed a papal audience in its premises itself. A similar audience for the handicapped was organized at the basement of the cathedral during the Pope’s visit.

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