Spotlight on the National Shrine of the Little Flower

So much art deco goodness!

The National Shrine of the Little Flower is located in Royal Oak, Michigan, outside of Detroit. Pope Francis designated it a minor basilica in January 2015.

The enormous bell tower is a response to the Ku Klux Klan, who burned a cross in front of the forerunner church two weeks after it opened in the 1920s. That building burnt down in an unrelated fire a few years later. The tower was completed in 1931, and the full church was finished in 1936.

It is an example of the Art Deco style.

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All photos in this post by Nheyob – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,