Built on a site that once had a log cabin for service the sandstone steeples of St. Peter Cathedral can be seen towering over downtown Marquette. Bishop Frederic Baraga laid the cornerstone for this heavenly looking church in 1864 and it became the mother church of the Diocese of Marquette. It has survived two devastating fires. The first in 1879 and the second in 1935 that destroyed everything but the sandstone walls.
Two years after Bishop Baraga dedicated the Cathedral he died and his remains were placed in a plain pine coffin and interred under the cathedral altar. After the first fire, a crypt with six niches was built in the southwest corner of the cathedral. After the second fire, A bishops’ chapel was added to the restored cathedral. A decision was made at this time to excavate the space under the chapel and build a crypt where the bishop’s remains are laid to rest to this day.
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