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St. Ignatius, Montana: Michelangelo of Montana Church

Brother Joseph Carignano covered the interior walls and ceilings of St. Ignatius Mission Church with 58 Renaissance-style frescos and murals in 14 months. He was the Mission cook.

St. Ignatius Mission Church

300 Bear Track Ave., St. Ignatius, MT
St. Ignatius Mission Church. Southwest edge of town. From US Hwy 93 turn east onto Mission Drive. Follow it a quarter-mile, around a curve to the right, and you'll see the church ahead on the left.
Summer daily 9-7, off-season 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Michelangelo of Montana Church.

Michelangelo of Montana Church

Beautiful little Catholic Church in a dusty Montana town. Well-preserved images in a tidy building make this worth a stop.

[Jennifer Coyne, 07/25/2021]

Sept. 2023: Photo added.

St. Ignatius Mission Church

The cathedral-like St. Ignatius Mission church was built in the early 1890s out of nearby timber and a million bricks, made from local clay. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with 58 original Renaissance-style frescos and murals by Brother Joseph Carignano, who painted them all in 14 months. He was the Mission cook.

The church, called one of the three most beautiful churches in the world in its National Register of Historic Places listing, is on the Flathead Indian Reservation; two of Carignano's paintings are of the Salish Lord and Lord's mother as Native Americans.

Next to the Mission is a museum and gift shop, and the log home that was the original Sisters' residence when they first arrived.

[Kapu, 07/29/2017]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Garden of One Thousand BuddhasGarden of One Thousand Buddhas, Arlee, MT - 9 mi.
Miracle of America MuseumMiracle of America Museum, Polson, MT - 25 mi.
Wall of Conserved Elk HeadsWall of Conserved Elk Heads, Missoula, MT - 28 mi.
In the region:
School Fire Escape Tube, Paradise, MT - 33 mi.

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