Sacred Heart Catholic Church
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a huge, Romanesque wonder in the middle of downtown Tampa. Surrounded by glass and concrete office buildings, it has been standing in the same spot since the early 20th century, serving the Catholic religious needs of the Tampa area. Historical tours of the city of Tampa often go to the Sacred Heart Church.
Backstory and Context
The Sacred Heart Church is now under the care of the Franciscan Order, who took over the church in 2005. The Romanesque-style architecture of the church's exterior is exquisite in and of itself, but the granite arches, oak pews, and seventy beautiful stained glass windows of the interior turn it into a marvel, blending religion with art. The church continues to serve the religious needs of the community as it did when it was built in the 1900s. Mass is still done within its walls, as well baptisms, the eucharist, and other sacraments. They also youth and adult groups, and a choir. There is also a gift shop inside the church, and historical tours are led by period costumed volunteer docents during the holiday season.