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  • St. Fedelis Church--its REALLY tall
    St. Fedelis Church--its REALLY tall
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  • St. Fidelis Church, Victoria
    St. Fidelis Church, Victoria
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  • St. Fidelis Church Interior

    The inside is unbelievably large for such a small town. Some 15,000 tourists visit the church annually, and so there is a budget for a restoration project that has been underway since 1994. Outside also, is a marvelous statue of St. Fidelis that is the work of Pete Felton, I believe.

  • Miscellaneous Residential Buildings

    In additon to the water tower, the small town has a few early 20th century homes typical of the midwestern architecture. There are a couple of limestone homes, likely built by wealthier residents of town during the late 19th and early 20th century. The railroad has donated a caboose for kids to play in at a small park in town.

  • Miscellaneous Commerical Buildings in...

    Victoria's downtown is extremely small and very little is there except the "Library", a bar and restaurant. However, there are also a few old stone or brick buildings of some interest.

  • Volga-German Pioneer Memorial

    Very near St. Fidelis Church is an impressive limestone statue dedicated to the Volga-German pioneers that founded Victoria. The stone sculpture is the work of venerable local artist, Pete Felton, who has the Stone Gallery in nearby Hays. Felton is himself a descendent of Volga-German immigrants, I believe.

  • St. Fidelis Church Exterior

    St. Fidelis is located at 900 Cathedral Avenue but can be easily found because the spires can be seen even from I-70. Church constructon began in 1908 and lasted three years. The native Flint Hills limestone was quarried just 7 miles from the church location. The stones, which range in weight from 50 to 100 lbs, were placed by hand, without aid of...

  • Tribute to the hard-working Volga...

    Victoria, Kansas, a town with a very English sounding name, is actually a very German town.English aristocrats arrived here first with the intentions of farming just as they had on their native soil, named their little village after their beloved queen, then failed miserably attempting to adapt to the harsh conditions of the Kansas plains. The...

  • The Altar

    The altar and pulpit, made of Carrara marble, were cut, polished and imported from Italy. They are a relatively recent addition to the church, the altar having been installed in 1986, the pulpit in 1954.

  • St. Fidelis Church

    This massive Romanesque church is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the devout Volga German farmers who settled this land. The limestone was quarried seven miles from the site of the edifice, hauled to the site by church members, then dressed by local masons. Each stone, weighing from 50 to 100 pounds, was lifted into place without the...

  • Church interior

    Recently renovated. Painters and historians took great care to return the interior to its original colors. The 18 large granite pillars were brought by train from the state of Vermont.


Victoria Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Ann's Church, Walker

    Stopping off in Victoria to see the Cathedral of the Plains? Nearby Walker also has a fine Victorian stone church. It's just 4 miles to the east of Victoria, on Old US 40.

  • Watch for Steeples Rather Than Silos

    If you're traveling on I-70 in western Kansas, stop by the villages of Collyer or Park or any of the other spots that have a dominating cathedral overlooking town. It only takes minutes out of your drive, and gives you something to photograph and discuss while you're stretching your legs.

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  • St. Fidelis Church

    The Cathedral of the Plains: not really a Cathedral, since it's not the seat of a bishop. But still a very impressive site that's visable for miles as you drive on I-70. Victoria today has a population of about 1200 people, and I daresay they could all fit inside St. Fidelis.

  • Volga German Immigration Memorial

    Across the street (kitty-corner, actually) from St. Fidelis is this monument to Victoria's (actually Herzog's) early Russian-German settlers. They look like hardy folk!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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