St. Mary's Basilica
Photo by Tom Fergus, Fox 10

The Valley contains a number of churches from the early 1900s that are well worth a look. However, The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, more informally known as St. Mary’s Basilica, tops the list for size and sheer beauty.

First constructed from 1880 to 1881, it achieved its present form in 1914. In addition to being a historic landmark, Pope John Paul II spent time there on September 14, 1987. You can take a self-guided tour of the property using a Self-Guided Tour Pamphlet available for $2 in the gift shop.

Location: 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $2 Self-Guided Tour

If you like old churches, you should also look at St. Mary’s Church on the ASU campus. It was built in 1881 with the Territorial Victorian Romanesque Revival architectural style.