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Cathedral of St. Helena

With its red spires dwarfed only by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Helena’s soaring Gothic-revival cathedral is an awe-inspiring sight on the town’s skyline.

Explore anywhere in Montana’s capital city and the Cathedral of St. Helena will remain in sight, its elegant spires and steeply pitched roof reaching high above the city skyline. Since it was opened in 1914, the structure has been the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of the city. Wander around the magnificent building to admire its Gothic-revival flourishes. Step inside to experience the splendor of its nave and stained-glass windows.

Spend some time strolling around the cathedral’s grounds, admiring the building’s ornate embellishments. The building features geometric decorations throughout its façade, giving it a fairy-tale appearance. It was designed by the architect A. O. von Herbulis, who modeled the building after the Votive Church of the Sacred Heart in Vienna, Austria. Cast your eyes up to the cathedral’s stunning twin spires, which rise 230 feet (70 meters) into the sky.

Enter the cathedral via its grand northern doors. Explore the nave, which is lit by the colorful tones of stained-glass windows. See if you can spot the story of Adam and Eve within the Bavarian-made windows as you walk through the hand-carved oak pews. Visit the white marble altar and check out the magnificent Carrara-marble statues. The sanctuary is decorated with gold leaf and the hand-forged bronze light fittings have an eye-catching lacquer finish.

Get a special insight into the church, its history, architecture and local community with a 1-hour guided tour. Tours are free but require prearrangement. Call the parish office ahead of time to organize your tour. You can also join daily Mass, which occurs at least once a day.

The cathedral is open daily, but has an earlier closing time on Sundays. It is located in historic downtown Helena and is free to enter. Add the Cathedral of St. Helena to your walking tour of the city and check out some of the stunning nearby attractions, such as the Moorish-revival Civic Center, the Montana State Capitol Building and the city’s stunning theaters.


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Baymont Inn & Suites Helena £56
Baymont Inn & Suites Helena

Baymont Inn & Suites Helena

750 N Fee St, Helena
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 498 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Helena, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Montana Historical Society Museum and Montana State Capitol. Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel £105
    Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel

    Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel

    835 Great Northern Boulevard, Helena
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 195 reviews
      0.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Helena, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Helena Civic Center and Cathedral Church of St. Peter. Holter Museum of Art and Cathedral of St. Helena are also within 15 minutes.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown £111
      DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown

      DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown

      22 N Last Chance Gulch Street, Helena
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 152 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holter Museum of Art, Cathedral Church of St. Peter and Cathedral of St. Helena. Helena Civic Center and Montana State Capitol are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        THE BARRISTER BED & BREAKFAST £90
        THE BARRISTER BED & BREAKFAST

        THE BARRISTER BED & BREAKFAST

        416 N. Ewing St, Helena
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 27 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated near the airport, in Helena, this bed & breakfast is close to Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena Civic Center and Montana State Capitol. Also nearby are Holter Museum of Art and Cathedral Church of St. Peter.

          Sanders - Helena's Bed and Breakfast
          Sanders - Helena's Bed and Breakfast

          Sanders - Helena's Bed and Breakfast

          328 NORTH EWING STREET, Helena
             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Helena, this bed & breakfast is close to Cathedral of St. Helena, Holter Museum of Art and Cathedral Church of St. Peter. Also nearby are Helena Civic Center and Montana State Capitol.

            The Carolina Bed & Breakfast £104
            The Carolina Bed & Breakfast

            The Carolina Bed & Breakfast

            309 N Ewing St, Helena
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 43 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Helena, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of St. Helena, Holter Museum of Art and Cathedral Church of St. Peter. Helena Civic Center and Montana State Capitol are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena £62
              La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Helena

              701 Washington St, Helena
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 540 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Helena, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Montana Historical Society Museum and Montana State Capitol. Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Jorgenson's Inn & Suites £54
                Jorgenson's Inn & Suites

                Jorgenson's Inn & Suites

                1714 11th Ave, Helena
                   
                  3.6
                  of 5, from 671 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Helena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montana Historical Society Museum and Montana State Capitol. Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).