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“Explore the First Catholic Parish in South Florida”

Saint Mary Star of the Sea
Ranked #9 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Saint Mary Star of the Sea will fill your soul and lift your spirit. The Church was rebuilt after a fire in 1901 and completed in 1905 the design reprsents the eclectic period of American Victorian Architecture. Shutters and open doors cool the interior and there is wonderful colored glass windows. The Grotto of Our Lady Of Lourdes, Cemetery of the Sisters of the Holy Names,Stations of the Cross Garden are some of the wonderful things to see as you walk through this history filled Church and convent property, there is a self guided walking tour available in the church be sure to take some time to enjoy. I understand the Mass is wonderful if you are there for Morning mass or Sunday

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Reviewed 12 February 2009

A must for locals and those visiting. Excellent services in a gorgeous church with a Key Westy open atmosphere. Father John Baker has been immensely helpful to my fiance and I in preparing for our upcoming wedding out of state.

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Reviewed 19 March 2008

We have been to Key West twice and on both trips I have made it a point to go to Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church ,adjoining Gardens and Grotto. I am not of the Catholic faith but have found this church and surrounding gardens to be a most beautiful and peaceful spot to visit on both of my trips. The church is simple and equisitely beautiful with the doors opening at the end of each row of pews. I found shelter there during a quick thunderstorm during my first visit to KW and became totally fascinated with the church. The adjoining Grotto, gardens and landscape are equally as beautiful and well kept. It worth any visitor's time no matter what their practicing faith to make a stop here for a lovely, peaceful respite adn take the time to walk into the church, past the grotto and through the gardens. It was a peaceful, memorable experience. One that will be repeated each trip to KW.

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Reviewed 25 February 2008

Saturday evening Mass was great! Priest has us out in 45 minutes.

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Reviewed 12 December 2007

Went to Key West to get married a St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church for my 25th (got married originally by a justice of the peace). Loved the church, simple, yet beautiful. Down each and every pew were large doors that open up to the palm trees and breeze outside, lovely. The church had wonderful and helpful people, down to earth. But, if you want to do this, do it 5 to 6 months ahead. Many B&B's walkable to the church. Everyone is very helpful.

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