It has been more than 25 years since the Beaubien Bell at the top of the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit called parishioners to prayer, and on Sunday, thousands flocked to hear the divine sound before Mass.
The parish, founded in 1701, is the second-oldest continuously operating parish in the United States. The basilica was built in 1886. Its soaring neo-Gothic architecture, stained glass windows, impressive side altars and statues and starred ceiling make it a landmark in the city’s southwest neighborhood.
The church on Sunday celebrated the completion of the first phase of its $30 million restoration project, which started with reviving the Beaubien Bell in the east tower, and a set of carillon bells in the west tower, for a total of $3 million, said Monsignor Chuck Kosanke.
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