Transcendent beauty: The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

For public art adventurers keeping up with our summer scavenger hunt, we featured The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington in this week’s clue.  Built in 1895, the church features more than 80 stained-glass windows, stone carvings by the famous American sculptor Clement Barnhorn and 26 gargoyles perched atop the tall spires. Visitors to the landmark can also see special touches including severCathedral-Basilica_HR[1]al murals, a porcelain-tile piece, and a fountain created by liturgical artist William Schickel. The church has been described as appearing like a smaller version of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Guided tours are offered daily at the church and self-guided tours are available at the Greeter’s Desk near the north side entrance.

In addition to the cathedral, if you’re continuing north towards the Ohio River and city of Cincinnati, you’ll want to take a moment to stop and find the World Peace Bell in Newport.  Weighing 66,000 pounds, the 12-by-12-foot bell is the world’s largest swinging bell and was cast in Nantes, France, in 1998 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After a long journey across the sea and up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the bell arrived in Newport on Aug. 1, 1999, after stopping in 14 cities along the way.  While it’s possible to view the bell at any time, it rings every day at noon.  Visitors can pay $1 for a guided tour Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congratulations to our Facebook friend, Emily Elizabeth Evans, for winning this week’s prize! Emily joins  Kremena Todorova, Fran Redmon, Lauren Smith and Lisa Bourque on the list of scavenger hunt winners that will receive a prize in the next few days! Thanks to everyone that played along and helped make the public arts scavenger hunt a success!


Alex Newby, Communications Assistant

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