The design of St. Mary Cathedral borrows from Spanish architecture.This view of St. Mary's shows its two towers: the higher one in front, housing the church bell; the larger one at the rear, sheltering the altar.The rotunda of St. Mary is more than seven stories high.St. Mary's chancel has a varicolored Italian marble floor.The sanctuary of St. Mary Cathedral includes a glass mosaic of scenes from Mary's life.The marble cathedra, or seat of a bishop, is reserved in Miami for Archbishop Thomas Wenski. The thronelike chair symbolizes the bishop's teaching authority in the Catholic Church.An ethereal St. Ann carries Mary in this depiction of the Immaculate Conception.The birth of Mary is surrounded by several symbols, including the Serpent and the Forbidden Fruit to show her as the new Eve.Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the Son of God in this faceted glass window.Mary, pregnant with the Christ Child, joyously visits her relative Elizabeth, herself pregnant with John the Baptist.A serene Queen of Peace cradles the swaddled baby Jesus.A Pieta pose highlights this image of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.Mary is blissfully borne to heaven in her Assumption.Symbols of the Trinity -- the Holy Spirit dove at left, a fish for Jesus on the right, the hand of the Father at the top -- crown Mary Queen of Heaven.Mary is honored as the mediatrix of all grace.This window consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Our Lady of Fatima seems to drift in the air above the three children who saw her.The Golden Heart identifies this image as Our Lady of Beauraing, a series of 30 Marian apparitions in Belgium in 1932 and 1933.Mary is surrounded by the Prayer of the Miraculous Medal: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." An image of the medal itself is at Mary's feet.Bernadette kneels at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes.Large tapestry in the cathedral hall symbolizes the Sacred Heart.A wall of faceted glass, with a theme of the Annunciation and Birth of Christ, dominates the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.A tapestry stands behind the altar in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, depicting the resurrected Christ meeting two disciples on the road to Emmaus.The Tabernacle in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is decorated with semi-precious stones and enamel cartouches illustrating scenes from the life of Christ.Bas-relief to the left of the chancel shows the mystical marriage of Mary and Joseph.
Photography: Jim Davis