St. John’s Abbey

#StJohnsAbbey and #University #Church is located in #Collegeville just NW of #StCloud. Designed by Marcel Breuer, the #Abbey contains the Bell Manner, the #Baptistery, the #worship space, the north window, the #Blessed #Sacrament #Chapel, the chapter house, the lower Church, and the #Marian Chapel. As of late it has become quite a magnet to photographers, both #professional and #amateur alike, across #Minnesota as the entire north wall of the Church is comprised of 430 concrete #hexagons that contains the #stainedglasswindow that was designed by Bronislaw Bak. At the time of its completion it was the largest #stainedglass window in the #UnitedStates. While it's off the beaten path for many #TwinCities residents, it is more than worth seeing. As part of the College of #SaintBenedict and #StJohnsUniversity, this #community operates as more than just a place to worship. It also includes Saint John's School of #Theology, Saint John's Preparatory School, Trinity #Benedictine Monastery, #SaintBenedicts Monastery, Order of Saint Benedict, #Diocese of Saint Cloud and The #Vatican, to name a few. I have close family ties, that's what made me add it to my #mnbucketlist and you don't need to be #Catholic to feel the immensity of this place.

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