Pilsen Churches

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Chicago , USA
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metro Pink Line to 18th St
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Lonely Planet review

Some wonderful European-influenced churches remain throughout Pilsen. The 1914 St Adalbert Church features 185ft steeples and is a good example of the soaring religious structures built by Chicago’s ethnic populations through thousands of small donations from parishioners, who would cut family budgets to the bone to make their weekly contribution. The rich ornamentation in the interior of this Catholic church glorifies Polish saints and religious figures. The Poles had St Adalbert’s; the Irish had St Pius , a Romanesque revival edifice built between 1885 and 1892. Its smooth masonry contrasts with the rough stones of its contemporaries. Catholics of one ethnic group never attended the churches of the others, which explains why this part of town, with its concentration of Catholic immigrants, is thick with steeples.