St. Josaphat Basilica

Basilica of St. Josaphat

In 1896, Polish immigrants were pouring into the south side of Milwaukee, and parishioners numbered more than 12,000. Reverend Wilhelm Grutza had a vision to build a grand church – one the community would be proud of – to not only honor the Polish heritage, but to be a destination for people from all over the world. He had learned the U.S.Post Office and Customs House located in Chicago was slated for demolition, and in order to save parishioners $30,000 of material costs, that entire building was dismantled and loaded onto 500 rail cars, making its way to Milwaukee. The granite pillars of the basilica were salvaged from the courthouse. Visitors to The Basilica will experience inspiration beyond their imaginations while docents tell the captivating story of faith, sacrifice and triumph that is the The Basilica’s history.

Building Info :

601 W. Lincoln Avenue
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Fully handicapped accessible