This Church in Michigan Is The Second Oldest Church In The US And It’s So Amazing!

August 31st, 2016

Each and every chapel or church around the world has their own share of history and great stories. But this one located at Detroit, Michigan is truly special and amazing.

The Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church was founded July 26, 1701. The church is the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States, established when the area was part of the French colony. The parish community has occupied eight different buildings and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


By Andrew JamesonOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Church faces a landscaped grand brick plaza, and the main entrance on the north facade includes four gargoyles. Ste. Anne also displays the oldest stained glass in the city of Detroit.

According to the history records:

Ste. Anne’s church was the first building constructed in Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which later developed as the city of Detroit. Cadillac and a party of French colonists arrived at the bank of the Detroit River on July 24, 1701. They began construction of a church on July 26, 1701, the feast day of Saint Anne.

The parish was founded and named by the settlers in honor of the patron of France, Saint Anne, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus.

Native Americans set the church on fire in 1703. A new church building was built in 1704. The oldest surviving church records date to this time, with the first record on February 2, 1704 being the baptism of a child born to Cadillac.

Here are some more photos of Ste. Anne de Detroit

Where I spend my Thursday evenings.

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St. Anne’s Church Photo Credit: @feenyphotography Tag #HellYeahDetroit to be featured!

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Organ end of St Anne built 1886

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For more information about the chuch, you can visit its official website at

3 responses to “This Church in Michigan Is The Second Oldest Church In The US And It’s So Amazing!”

  1. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg what a beautiful church!!!! I would love to see it in person!

  2. Mary roley says:

    I was born and raised in the Detroit area and never knew about this wonderful church…

  3. Jill Behrendt says:

    absolutely awesome! used to live in Michigan, but did not know of St. Anne’s… next time I get home back to Michigan, we will be visiting this beauty!

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