April 2008 Issue
Urban Legends - Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Vibrant museums, old neighborhoods and architectural treasures –– a tour of Toledo’s historic highlights shows you the Glass City’s fascinating character and culture.
Forget your navigation system. You will know you’ve arrived at this jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring cathedral long before it tells you it’s time to turn. The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the only
Plateresque cathedral in North America, a style of architecture from 16th-century Spain. Completed in 1931, the cathedral was designed with Toledo, Spain — Toledo’s sister city — in mind, says Reverend Charles Singler.
“Artists and craftsmen from around the world came to Toledo to build Rosary Cathedral,” he says, moving his gaze upward along the fresco of angels and saints that joins seamlessly with the ornate ceiling 96 feet above the altar. The structure is an endless detail of magnificent stained glass, woodwork from the Black Forest of Germany and Florentine marble. The building’s impeccable acoustics are also a noted feature, and are showcased in the free concert series the church hosts during the spring. This month (April 27), the cathedral features organist Steven Ball, who will perform Widor’sFifth Symphony for Organ as well as Dupré’sEvocation on the church’s 1931 E.M. Skinner organ. The cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Toledo, and welcomes people of all faiths to visit and enjoy the structure’s beauty with a night of music, or by scheduling a tour. Like the concerts, tours are free (but donations are welcome).
To arrange a tour, contact the Parish Office at 2535 Collingwood Ave., 419/ 244-9575. www.rosarycathedral.org.