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10.18.2016

St. Adalbert Church, Prince of Peace Parish, South Side, Pittsburgh

Today we take a look at the absolutely gorgeous St. Adalbert Catholic Church in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This stunning church is one of two churches that make up the Prince of Peace Parish, the result of the consolidation of seven churches. These seven churches include the former St. Casmir, St John the Evangelist, St. Josephat, St. Matthew, St. Peter, and the remaining St. Michael and St. Adalbert Parishes. All of these former churches were consolidated in 1992 to what we know now as the Prince of Peace Parish. As a result of these closings, the St. Adalbert and St. Michael buildings contain relics from the closed churches. 
St. Adalbert has roots in the Polish community that settled in South Side to work at the former steel plants. A committee was formed in the 1880s to get a congregation created for the Polish Catholic community of the city's South Side Neighborhood. Construction was completed on this beautiful Romanesque church from 1889 to 1890 on a relatively inexpensive plot of land adjacent to the railroad. It is unbelievable how old this stunning building is. I feel in love with it as soon as I saw it. The church feels so quintessentially Pittsburgh. The building predates the majority of what Pittsburgh consists of today. This church has stood the test of time in a neighborhood that is primarily known for its nightlife. This church is part of the spiritual heart of South Side and the city itself. The church is also known as the first splinter Polish Catholic church off of the Strip District's stunning St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
A view down the aisle of this beautiful church. The barrel vaulted ceilings are gorgeous.
The altar of this beautiful church.
The giant stained glass windows provide excellent lighting.
The church has an exceptional amount of relics due to the merger and loss of six other parishes in the South Side area.
For a more in depth look at the history of this beautiful parish, visit this page.

Now for some exterior views!
Looking up the Southside Slopes to another one of the beautiful church buildings in the neighborhood.
They have even created a church route. This set of stairways leads up to a pedestrian bridge across the Mon Line of Norfolk Southern.
The Felician Sisters are located directly across the street from the church.
The Norfolk Southern Mon Line runs just up the street from the church, offering a cool opportunity for observing trains, certainly a nice and leisurely activity for a relaxing Sunday.

I highly recommend checking out this church. The building, relics, and location are absolutely beautiful.

1 comment :

  1. I am looking for records from this church from 1913 to 1919. My great grandparents Laurence/John Stachura and Marya Drag were married there in 1913 and he passed away in 1918 from the Influenza outbreak.If anyone knows where these records might be kept, please contact me ybwenanit at yahoo dot com.

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