Church Towers

On a Sunday afternoon, Erich, a friend, and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill to climb the scenic tower overlooking Kettle Moraine, WI. A flight of 178 steep steps led past pane-less windows to a breathtaking aerial view.



We snapped a bunch of amateur photos and chatted with the friendly biker gang who made it to the top before us. (Catholic architecture draws a diverse crowd, it turns out.) Then we climbed down to explore the St. Therese Chapel and the interior of the church itself.

I love the thought, creativity, and purpose behind Christian architecture. The soaring ceilings, the marble, the gilt edges, the images your eyes run into everywhere — it definitely lifts my heart to heavenly thoughts.


It was quite a long drive for such a short climb, but we loved the architecture, the view, and the chance to catch up with a good friend. Maybe there’s a historic church in your neighborhood you can check out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!

2 thoughts on “Church Towers

  1. Rebekah

    My family went there a few summers ago when we were in Milwaukee to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th anniversary. It’s super pretty!!! The day we went the spires were shrouded in fog. It was pretty sweet.


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