National Shrine of the Little Flower – Detroit, Michigan

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica   

This building is well known for its lavish zig-zag Art Deco style.

The original church was built in 1926, two weeks after opening it the Ku Klux Klan burned it down. In 1931  the new building was erected.

The new structure was made out of limestone and steel.

Tower known as Charity Crucifixion stands 104 feet tall.

Unlike most Christian churches the nave is not in crucifix shape, its an octagon.

The altar is a solid marble block, carved with peacocks and other details.

On top of the altar there is a gorgeous lantern, designed by Corrado Parducci.

Around the navel there are 8 smaller altars, each containing a different saint.

The trim around every alter entrance was made  in the stone,  carved on site by some very intricate flower designed.  

Saint Therese chapel  baptism fountain it has constant water running.

In a one corner hidden away is a gift from Jerusalem, a stone from the place where Jesus died.  

The only things left from the original church is the altar in the photo below and the house behind me.




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