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St. Mary Catholic Church
412 Ann St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 762-5491

Numerous historical writers have referred to this Spanish Baroque edifice (built 1908-11) as a major architectural creation, often pointing out the elaborate tiling, especially inside the dome, which embraces most of this church's cross-vaulted interior space. Rafael Guastavino built the structure without nails or wooden beams. The plan of the brick building is based on the Greek cross with enormous semicircular stained-glass windows in the transept vaults, arcade windows in the apse, and symmetrical square towers in front. Over the main entrance, in stained glass, is an imitation of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. A coin given by Maria Anna Jones, the first African American Catholic in North Carolina, is placed inside the cornerstone.


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