Urban spelunking: Milwaukee Cathedral Crypt open this week for tours

As a fan of architecture and an occasional traveler to Europe and its many churches, I've seen a fair number of crypts – burial chambers beneath houses of worship – but I've never seen one quite like the crypt beneath Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St.

The crypt is open for free tours on Saturday, May 4, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., as part of the Milwaukee Archdiocese's 175th anniversary celebration in Cathedral Square Park.
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athomemama said...

I have never been in that church - and one of the accompanying photos seems to show an organ behind the altar. Is that what I see?

Terrence Berres said...

Yes, it's one of the Cathedral's two organs.
"In 2002, as part of the Cathedral Project, the building was reorganized. The east end (apse) of the cathedral is now the home of the music ministers. This was the space where the high altar and baldachin used to be. Adequate space is now available for the Cathedral Choir, Cantor, Instrumentalists, Piano and Organ Console. Additional seating for the congregation is placed on the stairs preceding this space in overflow situations. In this space a new organ was constructed by the Nichols & Simpson Company of Little Rock, Arkansas. The console in the east end controls both organs. This console is 7 feet wide and has four manuals (or keyboards). The original console in the gallery is still operational and only controls the gallery organ."