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This is an overall view of Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica from from south-east. It received the prestigious Basilica designation from Pope Frances in 2016 after a five year multi-million dollar renovation, to honour its rich history and overall beauty. Some of the construction is still going on under the church, where a crypt and a chapel is being created, previously only a crawl space was under the church. The shack in front of the south facade is related to this construction work.
I posted previously detail pictures of the tower and spire (SMCB 1), details of sculptures on the south facade (SMCB 2) and the large stained-glass window on the east facade (SMCB 3).

In the Workshop there are three other views of the building.
1. South-west view . It shows the main entrance and part of the tower.
2. View from the south . It shows the nice roof better.
3. West view, which shows the front facade.

An Ontario Heritage Trust plaque near the entrance gives the following short description of the history of the church.
"The cornerstone of St. Michael's Cathedral was laid on May 8, 1845, by the Most Reverend Michael Power, first Catholic Bishop of Toronto. Designed by William Thomas, the building is an adaptation of the 14th century English Gothic style. It was consecrated on September 29, 1848. Though the transepts remain unfinished, St. Michael's adheres to the ancient cruciform shape of religious structures. The interior of the cathedral had undergone a number of transformations. The great chancel window, installed in 1858, was executed by Etienne Thevenot, a gifted French artist and was donated by Bishop de Charbonnel. Construction of the tower and spire began in 1867. St. Michael's is the principal church of Canada's largest English-speaking Catholic archdiocese."

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