RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh’s new cathedral has been a more than seven-year vision for many, but the vision is quickly becoming a reality.
Monday, CBS North Carolina got a tour of what is to be expected on Nazareth Street when construction is finished on the $41 million Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
From the floors to the cross on the top of the dome is more than 170 feet tall.
The cathedral’s Romanesque and classic style was chosen so it will never look old, but also be inviting, church officials said.
As you walk in, there will be 95 stained-glass windows.
The sanctuary will have marble and the floors will be porcelain tile.
The section for the choir will have a pipe organ, which will take six to nine months to install. It will also have room for 30 other instruments and 60 choir members.
The pews, which will be on three sides of the altar, will be made from oak out of North Carolina.
Those pews will be able to sit up to 2,000 people, making it the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States.
“This is the mother church. It belongs to every single parishioner- whether it’s in the Outer Banks or in Durham or anywhere in between- it’s that which unites us. That message really resonated with people,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said.
With the construction expected to be finished in May, there will be a dedication on July 26.
“The church is expanding and growing, but in areas that we’re not used to in the past,” Burbidge added. “The fact that the Diocese of Raleigh needs this cathedral is a powerful sign of hope to people throughout the United States.”