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Basilica of St. Paul
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29°13′03″N 81°01′37″W / 29.2175°N 81.0270°W / 29.2175; -81.0270Coordinates: 29°13′03″N 81°01′37″W / 29.2175°N 81.0270°W / 29.2175; -81.0270
Location 317 Mullally Street
Daytona Beach, Florida
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
History
Founded 1881
Architecture
Architect(s) Gerald A. Barry
Style Mission Revival
Completed 1927
Construction cost $250,000
Specifications
Capacity 1,150
Length 181 feet (55 m)
Width 80 feet (24 m)
Number of domes One
Dome height (outer) 123 feet (37 m)
Administration
Diocese Orlando
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. John G. Noonan
Pastor(s) Rev. Timothy P. Daly

The Basilica of St. Paul is a Minor Basilica of the Catholic Church located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It is also a parish church of the Diocese of Orlando.

History

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Interior of the Basilica.

The first Catholics that moved to Daytona Beach arrived in 1881. Mass was celebrated in private homes a couple of times a year by priests who traveled from DeLand. Daytona Beach became a mission of St. Teresa Church in Titusville in 1886. Mass was now celebrated every Sunday in either the opera house or the armory. The Rev. John F. O’Boyle became the first resident priest in Daytona Beach in 1895. He purchased property on South Palmetto and Myrtle Avenues and built a church in 1898. The Rev. William J. Mullally arrived in 1923 and made plans to build a school and a new church. The school, which opened in 1925, was the only Catholic school on Florida’s East Coast between St. Augustine and West Palm Beach at that time. He built the present church, which was completed in 1927. Construction costs totaled around $250,000. The cupola (dome) and cross on top of the building date from 2006. They replace the ones damaged in the hurricanes of 2004.

Pope Benedict XVI decreed on January 20, 2006 that St. Paul's church was elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It was solemnized by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul that same year.

Architecture

The Mission Revival structure was designed by Chicago architect Gerald A. Barry. When it was built it was the tallest building on the mainland, and it was one of the first buildings in the area to be built with central heat and air-conditioning. Above the altar is a fresco of the conversion of St. Paul.

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